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12 Jan 2016: US Coal Production Drops to
30-Year Low in 2015, According to EIA

A coal mine in Wyoming
Coal production in the United States has fallen to its lowest level in 30 years, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Coal production for 2015 was about 900 million short tons, which is 10 percent lower than the year before, and the lowest since 1986, the EIA reported. Production in the Central Appalachian Basin has fallen the most, largely due to difficult mining geology and high operating costs. Domestically almost all coal is used to generate electricity, and demand has fallen as the market share of natural gas and renewables has increased. Low natural gas prices, a decline in U.S. coal exports, and federal environmental regulations have all contributed to declining coal demand, the EIA said. Coal is the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions.


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