Married To Coal: Markets Driving Cultural Change

The State Journal - A recent analysis by the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy indicated that production declines may not translate to employment declines directly. Miner productivity is expected to fall, meaning producing the same levels of coal will take more man-hours. Read

"In fact, there may be 10,000 more coal jobs in Central Appalachia in 2035 than there were in 2010, despite production falling by 100 million tons, because of falling productivity," wrote analyst Sean O'Leary.

That analysis was just a quick look at one of the many factors playing into the future of the coal industry. As O'Leary points out, there are a lot of variables that could influence the future of coal. The industry's future will have significant implications, not just economically but culturally.

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