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Spare Me Your Coal Requiems: Time for a Reckoning With Peabody and Coal Industry


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Spare Me Your Coal Requiems: Time for a Reckoning With Peabody and Coal Industry

Jeff Biggers

As Peabody Energy teeters on the brink of bankruptcy, edging toward a Chapter II reorganization that will most likely allow it to walk away from massive reclamation and mine worker commitments, a flurry of poetic musings and giddy celebrations over of the death of Big Coal has begun to flow.

Spare me your coal requiems.


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And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County
Down by the Green River where Paradise lay
Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking
Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away

--John Prine


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Thanks for the article.
For an excellent overview/ background/history of the coal issue, I suggest the classic "Night Comes to the Cumberlands" by Harry M. Caudill.
It's wonderful reading, but about a tragic progression of events; and it is perhaps one of the best books ever written by an American author on any subject..