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  • This coal-fired power plant sits on the north bank of the Missouri River in Labadie, Missouri.

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  • Workers clear debris from a deep coal-mining operation near Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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  • An aerial view shows a mountaintop impacted by coal mining in Kentucky.

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  • Geothermal steam pours from the Svartsengi Power Plant at Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

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  • A natural gas processing plant changes the face of the tundra in Siberia, Russia.

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  • Vapor leaves vents in nuclear power reactors in Belleville sur Loire, Cher, France.

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  • Dust hangs in the sky above an oil sands bitumen mine in Alberta, Canada.

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