Laura Flanders wrote this article for YES! Magazine's Commonomics project. Laura is YES! Magazine's 2014 Local Economies Reporting Fellow and is executive producer and founder and host of "GRITtv with Laura Flanders." Follow her on Twitter @GRITlaura.
Coal production is gradually leaving Appalachia -- having already extracted much of the region's natural wealth.
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