Climate push scares coal country

Ghost towns and dead jobs envisioned by policy critics

Posted: July 7, 2013 at 2:52 a.m.

Joe Ashworth looks at smoke rising from the coal-fired Colstrip Steam Electric Station in Colstrip, Mont. as he takes a break from packing his RV on Tuesday. President Obama's climate change plan has people in the coal industry nervous about more coal plant closures, but supporters say retrofitting plants to capture greenhouse gases would create more jobs. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

COLSTRIP, Mont. — After several years of taking a beating from the poor economy, new pollution rules and a flood of cheap natural gas, the coal industry began a rebound this year as mining projects moved forward in the Western U.S. and demand for the fuel began to rise, especially in Asia.

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