Energy expert Randy Udall on coal's roleApril 2, 2013
Carbondale was built on coal, and remnants of a once-thriving coal industry are scattered from Redstone to New Castle to Elk Run in Basalt. A drive to Paonia affords dramatic views of three large coal mines' operations while some say there is a war on coal.
Climate change has given the black rock a black eye, and the industry is suffering as power plants switch to cheaper, cleaner natural gas. This week on NRG with MG, energy guru Randy Udall is back for his monthly appearance to talk with KDNK's Marilyn Gleason about coal – starting with its local history.