The Black Thunder Coal Mine has the third largest drag line shovel in the U.S. Ursa Major, weighing some 6,700 tons, its 110 M-long boom carries a 122 cubic meter bucket to remove overburden before the coal seam is blasted for removal.

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Low energy taxes in America have created a way of life dependent on high volume energy use. When Stern Magazine commissioned me to photograph this story, I chose to do a largely aerial reportage. From the sky you can see the patterns of suburban housing that depend on cheap fuel, the massive scale of mines and power plants, and the enormous size of various energy consuming activities. I visited ten states to create an aerial mosaic of the world’s largest energy consumer.

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