Is The US Coal Industry in Trouble?
From Al Jazeera
It is the fuel that has powered the US, the world’s largest economy, for centuries, and while coal is still the country’s main source of electricity, the industry’s peak has passed.
That decline has been attributed to several factors.
American utility companies are abandoning coal plants in favor of natural gas – which is becoming cheaper and more accessible due to the use of hydraulic fracturing or fracking.
Supporters of the coal industry also blame tighter regulations. The US Environmental Protection Agency is now requiring coal-fired power plants to reduce their pollution.
That pollution, according to the environmental advocacy group, the Sierra Club, is responsible for nearly 30 percent of CO2 emissions in the US.
Coal mining has also been responsible for other disasters.
Four years ago in the state of Tennessee a massive coal-ash-sludge spill left hundreds of acres polluted and two rivers contaminated.
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