Coal use in U.S. falls to lowest level since 1979

Dec 06, 2018, 7:03 AM EST
(Source: Takver/flickr)
(Source: Takver/flickr)

America’s coal industry is gasping for oxygen as the country embraces cleaner, greener and cheaper sources of energy. A federal report, released on Tuesday, revealed that the consumption of coal in the U.S. in 2018 dropped to its lowest level since 1979.

The report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimated that 2018 will end with a 4 percent decline compared to the previous year while 2019 could extend that slide to another 8 percent, writes AP News.

The grim stats on America’s coal industry come on the heels of another report by PacifiCorp, showing that the majority of 22 coal units in the country are operating at a financial loss, notes Scientific American.

Despite a raft of regulation rollbacks by President Donald Trump to boost an ailing coal industry and create more jobs, the U.S. saw a record number of coal plant closures this year, which augurs well for climate action, but activists await to see if the numbers could transpire a real change in power companies.