After the first round of major Powder River Basin coal layoffs and bankruptcies in 2015 and 2016, the buzzworthy response was Wyoming and Campbell County would have to adjust to a “new normal” for the commodity.

The times of posting nearly 450 million-ton annual PRB production are long gone, and after a 2019 that was disastrous on many levels for U.S. and Wyoming coal, what’s more clear now than ever is that “new normal” isn’t a lower baseline for thermal coal, it’s an accelerating decline.

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