Coal communities in Appalachia and Wyoming are vital revenue engines for huge portions of the rural U.S., and they face devastation with little time to adjust to new realities.
Groups working to support out-of-work coal miners and their communities are trying to accelerate their strategies.
As the coronavirus spread, Appalachian Ohio saw the state’s highest percentages of people out of work.
The Nature Conservancy is seeking a partner to help develop solar on up to 13,000 acres of cleared minelands.
Developers still plan to build two projects, but they’ll likely move ahead in increments as customers for the power are secured.