America’s use of coal dwindles

America’s use of coal dwindles

Utilities opting for natural gas
A pair of coal trains idle near a coal-fired power plant being built by the Basin Electric Power Cooperative near Gillette, Wyo. The share of U.S. electricity from coal has fallen to its lowest level since World War II. Utilities are aggressively ditching coal in favor of natural gas, which has become cheaper and produces far fewer emissions.

America’s use of coal dwindles

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A pair of coal trains idle near a coal-fired power plant being built by the Basin Electric Power Cooperative near Gillette, Wyo. The share of U.S. electricity from coal has fallen to its lowest level since World War II. Utilities are aggressively ditching coal in favor of natural gas, which has become cheaper and produces far fewer emissions.
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