Declining Coal Use Means Hard Times For People In U.S. Coal States

“Fifteen years ago, thermal coal was responsible for generating 50% of the country’s electricity. Last year, coal’s contributions were half that amount. That’s in part because utility companies have been gradually turning to cheaper natural gas and renewable energy.

The implications are potentially catastrophic for Wyoming, the country’s leading producer of coal. As the nation shifts away from using thermal coal for electricity generation, the path for Wyoming’s coal-dependent economy, and its small population of power users, remains dubious.”

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