24 Dec '11, 8pm

Coal's Future Is Threatened More By Fracking's Success Than By EPA Regulation

Coal's Future Is Threatened More By Fracking's Success Than By EPA Regulation

USEIA /Public Domain US Net Electricity Generation By Fuel, 2010. A Wall Street Journal article declares that "The Coal Age Is Nearer to Its End." That's no surprise. Realizing the underlying cause, however, is enough to make a Tea Partier puke up his coal chunks. Reliance on coal for electricity is markedly down and competition by cheap natural gas is the main cause, a quoted expert has stated in a WSJ article - via citation in Society of Environmental Journalism blog . For decades, coal produced more electricity than all other fuels combined, and as recently as 2003 accounted for almost 51% of net electricity generation, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.But its share has dropped sharply in the last couple of years. It fell to 43% for the first nine months of 2011, as natural gas's share has jumped to almost 25% from under 17% in 2003. Activism's un...

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