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Britain's Last Deep Coal Mine Closes

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The last deep coal mine in Britain closed Friday, putting some 450 miners out of work and signaling the end of an era. The North Yorkshire-based Kellingley Colliery is closing in response to Britain's push to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025, essentially putting an end to what was once an essential national industry. In 1950, The Wall Street Journal reports, 1,330 deep-pit coal mines in Britain produced about 95 percent of the nation's energy. As of Saturday, there...

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