U.S. Coal Industry Suffers, while Coal Use Grows Dramatically in India and China, Business and Industry Trends Analysis

America’s coal industry was suffering a serious downturn as of the end of 2016.  Federal regulations have encouraged electric utilities, a major user of coal, to either install extremely expensive environmental controls on coal plants or switch to cleaner-burning natural gas for fuel.  Today’s low price for natural gas is accelerating this trend.  Market prices for coal have plummeted.  Many mines have ceased production, and layoffs have been significant.  However, in 2017, the incoming Trump administration loosened Obama era restrictions on coal-fired utilities. The Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. coal production fell from 897 million short tons in 2015…

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