Although coal has always been a resource for electricity, it’s also become a resource for income and community bonding and has become a deep-rooted part of the culture of Kentucky, especially eastern Kentucky. Coal however is a highly debated topic in the United States in the debate about climate change, and many are wondering if underground mining is safe due to workplace injuries and illness. This project consists of interviews and research to figure out why, despite its environmental cost and other downfalls, coal has stayed such a viable resource and integral part of life in Eastern Kentucky.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2020


Chad Cogdill

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Department of Communication

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Degree Name

Honors Scholars