EPA reportedly set to scrap rules on new coal-fired plants

The Coal Industry Is At Its Lowest Point Since 1979

The Coal Industry Is At Its Lowest Point Since 1979

United States coal consumption in 2018 is expected to be the lowest since 1979 and fall further still next year, as a near-record number of coal plants closed in 2018, according to a December 4 report by the Energy Information Administration. That includes scrapping Obama's signature Clean Power Plan that would have spurred electrical suppliers to turn away from coal-fired power plants in favor of cleaner forms of energy such as natural gas.

Americans are consuming less coal in 2018 than at any time since Jimmy Carter's presidency, a federal report said Tuesday, as cheap natural gas and other rival sources of energy frustrate the Trump administration's pledges to revive the USA coal industry. The new rules compelled some older coal plants to close instead of upgrading their equipment to trap harmful emissions, according to the Associated Press.

Trump has attempted to help the coal industry through policy efforts.

"Coal use is at its lowest level in almost four decades and the Trump administration can't stop this country from continuing to move beyond coal", said Mary Anne Hitt, senior director of Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign.

Trump "talks tough to the coal miners to get their support, but he doesn't deliver for them, and I don't think that he can, because the markets are bigger than him", said Joe Pizarchik, who directed the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in the Obama administration. Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states - almost 40 percent of the USA coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. But the numbers say otherwise. The Energy Information Administration wrote that coal consumption by the US grid will end down 4 percent this year.

Pizarchik, now a consultant on water quality and reforestation, said lower prices for natural gas and renewables will continue to drive down demand for coal, despite deregulation efforts by the Trump administration.

National gas production in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia has jumped from 2 percent of the nation's total in 2008 to 27 percent a year ago, Perry said. He added that the lower cost of renewables will continue to hurt the coal industry. Utilities are using a provision in the tax law that lets them accelerate depreciation costs for closing plants.

Notícias recomendadas

  • India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack

    India strongly condemns Chabahar terror attack

    An Iranian ethnic Arab separatist Sunni militant group and Islamic State both claimed responsibility for that attack. In September, gunmen dressed as soldiers attacked a military parade in Ahvaz, killing and injuring dozens.
    Embiid's double-double powers 76ers past Knicks

    Embiid's double-double powers 76ers past Knicks

    Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in a 116-113 win over the Bulls . Nets guard D'Angelo Russell was prevalent in the Brooklyn offense on Wednesday, but maybe he shouldn't have been.
    MI  remains #5 in college basketball poll

    MI remains #5 in college basketball poll

    The biggest boost within the rankings was awarded to Wisconsin, which shot up ten spots from No. 22 to No. 12. It continues a rapid ascent for the Wolverines, which played in the national championship game last season.
  • Rahm cruises with hero's help, Golf News & Top Stories

    Rahm cruises with hero's help, Golf News & Top Stories

    Swede Stenson faded with a 71 to finish six shots back in fourth place in the elite 18-man field. Though his playing is done for the year, Woods can not relax just yet.
    Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

    Free public transport being planned in Luxembourg

    A recent study cited by The Guardian showed that drivers in the capital spent an average of 33 hours in traffic snarl-ups in 2016. Currently, fares are capped at €2 for anything up to two hours of travel, which covers most journeys in the 2,585 km² nation.
    Decision to drop Mithali Raj was unanimous: Harmanpreet Kaur

    Decision to drop Mithali Raj was unanimous: Harmanpreet Kaur

    The captain and the vice-captain have also pressed on the fact that Powar was not the only person behind Mithali Raj's omission. Sir Ramesh Powar not only improved us as players but also did motivate us to set targets and challenge our own limits.
  • Huawei's Nova 4 Is Coming Later This Month

    Huawei's Nova 4 Is Coming Later This Month

    Samsung has just confirmed the launch of their first "Infinity-O display " smartphone, the Galaxy A8, for December 10th in China. So, even if it comes second, it will still have an advantage over the Galaxy A8s ( expected to have a Snapdragon 710 ).
    Kurt Busch Confirms Move to Chip Ganassi Racing for 2019 NASCAR Season

    Kurt Busch Confirms Move to Chip Ganassi Racing for 2019 NASCAR Season

    Busch announced this weekend he would be leaving Stewart-Haas Racing after five years with the team. I've always believed he's one of the most talented drivers on this planet.
    Kit Harington gives a hard pass to doing Game of Thrones spin-offs

    Kit Harington gives a hard pass to doing Game of Thrones spin-offs

    But with just six episodes coming in the final season next year, the actor behind the terrifying Night King has dropped a bit of a bombshell.
  • Russian HIV Patients Deal With Persistent Stigma As Incidence Rises

    Russian HIV Patients Deal With Persistent Stigma As Incidence Rises

    She said: "The most important thing in Nigeria's HIV response agenda is for all citizens to know their status". The new survey found that many people with the virus said they had faced stigma across a number of settings.
    Pele: Don't Compare Lionel Messi To Me, He Has One Skill!

    Pele: Don't Compare Lionel Messi To Me, He Has One Skill!

    A remarkable tally of 567 club goals have been recorded in 653 appearances, with another 65 netted in 128 outings for his country. The forward helped his nation to three World Cups while Messi has never lifted the trophy.
    Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March

    Google confirms Allo will shutdown in March

    Allo was designed as the next big thing in Android messaging apps, though it never lived up to its potential. Some users are unable to "heart" posts while others are experiencing issues with undelivered messages.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.