It’s the summer of 2019. Two more coal companies have filed for bankruptcy, and hundreds of workers are left in the lurch. Meanwhile, Jason Salfi is relieved to find out the Carbon XPRIZE has been delayed. But, how does Jason’s drive for this technology square with Wyoming’s own? Has he faced any struggles that would help him empathize with coal country’s sense of loss?

 

 

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Shovel Shoe Henge, a sculpture located in a cemetery overlooking Gillette, meant to pay tribute to the coal industry.

Shovel Shoe Henge, a sculpture located in a cemetery overlooking Gillette, meant to pay tribute to the coal industry

 

 

The Gillette Workforce Center holding an informational session for workers affected by the Blackjewel mine closures.

The Gillette Workforce Center holding an informational session for workers affected by the Blackjewel mine closures.

 

 

Caption: Aggregate coal mine production within the Powder River Basin.

Aggregate coal mine production within the Powder River Basin. Credit U.S. Energy Information Administration

 

 

The new NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE schedule

The new NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE schedule
Credit: Carbon XPRIZE

 

TITLE PHOTO: Jason Salfi skating under the SF Bay bridge construction in 2003 or 2004. Credit: Jason Salfi

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