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The U.S. Coal Sector

The U.S. Coal Sector

Full Title: The U.S. Coal Sector
Author(s): Howard Gruenspecht
Publisher(s): The Brookings Institute
Publication Date: January 1, 2019
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Description (excerpt):

The 40 percent decline in U.S. coal-fired power generation over the last decade accounted for 75 percent of the total reduction of 800 million metric tons in U.S. energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions between 2005 and 2017.[1] The shift away from coal was mainly driven by lower natural gas prices due to the shale revolution and stagnant U.S. electricity demand, and to a lesser extent by policy-supported growth in wind and solar generation. With power generation accounting for over 90 percent of U.S. coal use, there was a comparable reduction in U.S. coal production over the last decade.

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