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The coal industry is slowly dying, and the green energy industry is growing. Several companies and programs have emerged that train former miners to be wind turbine technicians, solar panel installers or other related jobs, while others teach miners computer coding and beekeeping, the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Last year in Wyoming, more than 1,000 miners lost their jobs and three major coal producers went bankrupt. These retraining programs offer hope for those who have only known mining. In return, the manpower is a boon for the alternative energy producers.

  • Solar Holler, a nonprofit is working with Coalfield Development in West Virginia to training train former miners to install solar panels with 2.5 year apprenticeships.
  • Goldwind Americas, an American subsidiary of a Chinese company, has begun offering free wind turbine technician training programs in Wyoming, Montana and Ohio and is ready to provide 850 turbines for a Wyoming power plant.
  • Appalachian Headwaters is a nonprofit using an old summer camp site to train former coal miners in the honeybee business.

Go deeper with stories from former coal miners who have taken advantage of these programs in the NYT report.

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."