The economics of coal hit home

When I learned that the Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation’s largest public power company, was going to close down a number of its coal plants, it seemed like a big deal to people here in the North Fork Valley. That’s because our local coal mines have sold lots of coal to TVA for years. So I blogged about it for High Country News and made a radio piece for KVNF, my local public radio station. In conclusion: decisions made far away affect us even here, a small town where the Rockies meet the desert, where it’s easy to think you’ve escaped the outside world.

Taken from my back yard. Coal mine scar up left on the mesa, orchards in the foreground.

Taken from my back yard. Coal mine scar up left on the mesa, orchards in the foreground.

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