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Nine-tenths of coal miners are gone

By James A. Haught America’s coal industry is sinking sadly.  Tonnage, usually above 1 billion, dropped to 749 million tons in 2016.  Employment, which exceeded 800,000 in the 1920s, has fallen below 66,000. Four large mining corporations went bankrupt in the past couple of years. The decline is glaringly visible in my West Virginia. Our […]

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