Believe it or not, coal use is surging in places like Germany, China and right here in the U.S. as electricity demand rebounds from the pandemic.
It turns out coal is tough to completely wean off of, even for developed countries, in times of high demand.
Coal’s days as a key part of the U.S. energy production mix, however, are uncertain, to say the least.
Mines are being abandoned, coal-fired electricity plants are shutting down because they’re too expensive to run and policies mandating net-zero carbon emissions are increasingly common.
In the long term, coal’s just not a good option.