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A list of top coal mines gives some perspective about how things are going for fossil fuel.

"No Coal Companies Went Bankrupt Last Week" is a real headline these days.

A list of top coal mines gives some perspective about how things are going for fossil fuel.
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The time of coal has passed. Clean energy is our future.

Child labor in a Pennsylvania coal mine feels pretty archaic, no? Image via Wikimedia Commons.


If President Obama has his way, solar power will continue to evolve into a vital source of energy.

Speaking at the aptly named National Clean Energy Summit in Nevada in August 2015, he highlighted the need for technological advances that better protect the environment.

“We're here today because we believe that no challenge poses a greater threat to our future than climate change," he said. “But we're also here because we hold another belief, and that is, we are deeply optimistic about American ingenuity."

The president's speech comes at a time when some traditional energy businesses are becoming a relic of the past. New energy sources like solar power, natural gas, and wind power are all on the rise.

Coal companies in Central Appalachia have been shedding jobs for decades as a result of a variety of factors. Case in point:

Half of the top 25 coal mines in Central Appalachia are in bankruptcy.

A recent tweet from Taylor Kuykendall, who writes for an industry publication about the energy market, shows a list of the top 25 coal mines in Central Appalachia. It gives you some perspective about how things are going for coal companies.

The tweet includes a link to an article of his that opens with this zinger:

"Even some of the top-producing mines in Central Appalachia ... find it increasingly difficult to keep business going in today's market."

Another recent financial article included this headline: "No Coal Companies Went Bankrupt Last Week." There are so many coal companies headed for bankruptcy that when a week passes without one going bankrupt, it's news.

It's clear that it's time to shift away from coal — and the White House is preparing for that new, cleaner shift.

The White House Clean Power Plan limits carbon pollution from power plants, putting national standards in place for the first time. We have some work to do together, but we can make ours a clean energy future — and it's bigger than just coal. Here's a petition you can sign to stop arctic drilling, which will help us continue this clean energy trend.

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A lot of people here are like family to me," Michelle says about Bread for the City — a community nonprofit located in Washington DC that provides local residents with food, clothing, health care, social advocacy, and legal services. And since the pandemic began, the need to support organizations like Bread for the City is greater than ever, which is why Amazon is Delivering Smiles to local charities across the country this holiday season.

Watch the full story:

Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.
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Brittany Kinley, a mother from Mansfield, Texas, had a hilarious mom fail her and she's chalking it up to being just another crazy thing that happened in 2020.

When Kinley filled out the order form for her son Mason's kindergarten class pictures, there was an option to have his name engraved into the photos. But Kinley wasn't interested in having her son's name on the photos so she wrote "I DON'T WANT THIS" on the box.

Well, it appears as though she should have left the box blank because the computer or incredibly literal human that designed the photographs wrote "I DON'T WANT THIS" where mason's name should be.

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A lot of people here are like family to me," Michelle says about Bread for the City — a community nonprofit located in Washington DC that provides local residents with food, clothing, health care, social advocacy, and legal services. And since the pandemic began, the need to support organizations like Bread for the City is greater than ever, which is why Amazon is Delivering Smiles to local charities across the country this holiday season.

Watch the full story:

Amazon is giving back by fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, and donating essential pantry and food items to help organizations like Bread for the City provide to those disproportionately impacted this year.

Visit AmazonSmile Charity Lists to donate directly to a local charity in your community, or simply shop smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price of eligible products to your charity of choice.

James Taylor is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with five Grammy awards, more than 100 million albums sold and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame under his belt.

A new video of him casually singing with his family from their home in Montana just oozes wholesomeness in a soul-stirring three-part harmony. With simple, pure musicianship, Taylor plays guitar and sings lead vocals while his wife Kim and son Henry add harmony on his song "Now You Can Close Your Eyes." Originally released on Taylor's 1971 album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon, it's an absolutely gorgeous gift to us during this uncertain time.

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In December 2018, The Utah Department of Transportation opened the largest wildlife overpass in the state, spanning 320 by 50 feet across all six lanes of Interstate 80.

Its construction was intended to make traveling through the I-80 corridor in Summit County safer for motorists and the local wildlife.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports that there were over 100 animal incidents on the interstate since 2016, giving the stretch of highway the unfortunate nickname of "Slaughter Row."

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