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June 15, 2017

World coal production falls off a cliff

  • Industry
  • Energy

MINING.com – Despite entreaties by the U.S. President, coal production is declining worldwide, putting the new Administration on the opposite side of a trend.

Trump last week was touting the opening of a new mine in Pennsylvania as having benefitted from his government's coal deregulation measures, even though the mine had actually planned to restart a year ago, prior to Trump being elected.

Now a new report from BP Plc, which reviews global energy trends every year, says that in 2016, U.S. demand for coal plummeted 33.4 million tons of oil equivalent to 358.4 million – a level not seen since the 1970s. China, the world's largest energy consumer, burned the least coal in six years. Consumption of coal fell in every continent except Africa.

Read more at MINING.com.

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