PBS NewsHour

Tough times for towns powered by fossil fuel energy jobs

Clip: 06/20/2016 | 5m 40s

Plummeting fuel prices are usually considered a good thing, but in rural Wyoming -- where fossil fuels like coal employ 10 percent of the state’s private sector workforce -- they can spell disaster. For the people of Gillette, dropping coal costs mean layoffs, a disappearing identity and struggles to adapt to the changing face of American industry. Special correspondent Leigh Paterson reports.

Aired: 06/20/16

Rating: NR

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