Software coders (from left) William Stevens, Michael Harrison and Brack Quillen work at the Bit Source office in Pikeville, Ky., in February. The year-old firm has trained laid-off coal workers to become software coders. Sam Owens/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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From Coal To Code: A New Path For Laid-Off Miners In Kentucky

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In 2006, a bulldozer sits ready for work at Peabody Energy's Gateway Coal Mine near Coulterville, Ill. Peabody is the latest coal company to declare bankruptcy. Seth Perlman/AP hide caption

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March 25: Bankruptcies Fuel Uncertainty In Coal Communities

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Tanya James (center), with her daughters Trista James (left) and Michelle Paugh on a recent visit with StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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'If You Don't Fight For Yourself, Ain't Nobody Else Gonna Do It For You'

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Members of Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry attend a ceremony for miners killed at the Severnaya coal mine in a town north of the Arctic Circle. Alexei Shtokal/TASS via Getty Images hide caption

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The federal government will stop issuing new coal leases on some 570 million acres of federal land, under a new plan being released Friday. In this photo from 2013, coal is loaded onto a truck at a mine built on federally controlled land in Montana. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Coal fires burn early in the morning in January 2014 at a privately owned coal mine in India's Jharkand state, making the air dense with noxious smoke and dust. Forty percent of India's mineral wealth lies in Jharkhand. Johnny Haglund hide caption

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India's Quandary: Climate Change And Coal

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A coal scraper machine works on a pile of coal at American Electric Power's Mountaineer coal power plant in 2009 in New Haven, W.Va. The state, in which coal mining is a major industry, is one party planning to sue the Environmental Protection Agency regarding new power plant regulations announced Monday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Power Plant Rules Likely To Start Slow-Burning Debate, Legal Action

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A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

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Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

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Stanford University's trustees says the school will rid itself of any investments it has made in coal-producing companies. A 2013 file photo shows coal being loaded onto a truck at a mine near Decker, Montana. Matthew Brown/AP hide caption

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Several tons of anthracite coal fill a basement space in Pottsville, Pa. Bradley C. Bower/AP hide caption

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Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

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A memorial at the entrance to Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine represents the 29 coal miners who were killed in an explosion in 2010. Jeff Gentner/AP hide caption

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