20 Jul '12, 7pm

We’re ripping up our mountains to ship coal overseas. Maybe we shouldn’t?

We’re ripping up our mountains to ship coal overseas. Maybe we shouldn’t?

America’s use of coal to generate electricity is dropping dramatically . And yet coal production remains fairly constant. Click to embiggen. (Image courtesy of the Energy Information Administration.) What gives? Who’s using all of that coal? Is it being put into baby and /or puppy food? No. A lot of it is going overseas. As we reported earlier this week, American coal is partly responsible for China’s huge increase in coal consumption . But that’s just one part of the puzzle. Yesterday, Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee released a report, “Our Pain, Their Gain: Mountains Destroyed for Coal Shipped Overseas ” [PDF], that outlines the scale of America’s coal exports. Coal exports have nearly doubled since 2009 to 107 million tons last year, now accounting for almost 12 percent of U.S. production. Three out of every four tons that are exported come from the A...

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