Cooper must abruptly leave Wyoming for an unexpected trip home. But there’s no break in reporting on coal country: another coal-fired power plant has been scheduled for closure, raising existential questions for Kemmerer, Wyoming. Loss tangles with hope–but is it false hope? Dedicated to Larry McKim.

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Photos by Cooper McKim

 

Cooper's dad Larry, smiling

Larry McKim, Cooper’s dad.

 

TITLE PHOTO: The Naughton Power Plant, operated by Pacificorp, set to close four years earlier than expected.

 

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Theme music by Mark Guiliana
Blue Dot Sessions
Ketsa
Kelpe
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Produced with support from the Society of Environmental Journalists