When Coal Is Over

In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, coal mine owner C.V. Bennett III, smokes a cigarette while walking through an abandoned coal power plant in Lynch, Ky. Bennett’s family has been mining in Harlan County since 1912. In the last few years, Bennett’s work force has dropped from more than 600 to fewer than 200.”That hurts me more than anything else, is seeing people I’ve known and grown up with,” he says. “To have a future and then all of a sudden to have that future jerked out from underneath them, with no hope of it ever coming back.” (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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