Like it Or Not, We're Married to Coal

Coal is still the largest power source in the United States: 45% of our energy comes from it. News21 has an evocative multimedia site exploring our inescapable dependence on coal.
August 24, 2011, 8am PDT | Tim Halbur
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email Comments

News21 digs deep to tell the story of American coal from the mine to your outlet. Miners and mining towns play a big part in the telling, people who are struck by the tragedy of coal mining (worker deaths, poisoned wells) but also the jobs and income that drive their towns. A video called "Wyoming to Chicago" traces a mine in Wyoming's Powder River Basin directly to the Fisk Generating Station in a low-income community in Chicago, where they estimated $117 million in health problems are attributable directly to the power plant.

"It fuels the world 'til they find something better," says one interviewee.

Full Story:
Published on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 in NEWS21
Share Tweet LinkedIn Email