The coronavirus pandemic has hammered healthcare systems for rural populations already struggling with the loss of coal jobs and health coverage.
As the long-shrinking coal industry hemorrhages jobs, states and local groups are seeking new ways to transition to a lower-carbon economy without leaving coal workers behind.
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.
The state chapter is a frequent advocate for clean energy, and making sure African Americans benefit from the transition.
The agreement to close the troubled E.D. Edwards coal plant includes $8.6 million for local clean energy projects.