The US hasn’t produced so little coal since 1986 (900,000,000 tons), which was a much smaller and dirtier economy. Through a combination of regulation, increased natural gas production, and increased renewable energy production; coal, the largest contributor to greenhouse gas, is effectively being phased out. That’s good for reducing climate change. It’s also unfortunately driving coal companies out of business, and taking the necessary funds away that were supposed to be used for remediation. The coal decline is also affecting coal workers and their communities. The balance is still good news, but the transition will be like most transitions, temporarily a bit uneven.
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