In 2016, the collapse of the coal industry finally hit the epicenter of U.S. production: Wyoming’s mineral-rich Powder River Basin. Two out of the four largest coal companies in the U.S. declared bankruptcy. They shed hundreds of their Wyoming miners all at once. Now, in northeastern Wyoming, a recent boost in coal prices and production, and a pro-coal president, have hopes rising.
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Nothing in our world – cars, coffee, cat videos, canned pineapple – would exist without energy. But although energy makes everything work, most of us don’t know answers to even the most fundamental questions: How much energy do we use? And where does our energy come from? This animated video looks at how our energy sources and uses vary across time and geography.