How long has coal been in decline?
In 2019, more than 705 million tons of coal was mined in the United States. While this may sound like a large number, consider that this is the lowest level of annual production since 1978, when a coal miners’ strike stalled most of the country’s coal production.
What rate is coal being depleted?
U.S. coal production decreased 24.2% year over year to 535.4 million short tons (MMst). The total productive capacity of U.S. coal mines was 933 MMst, a decrease of 7.6% from the 2019 level.
How long are coal reserves expected to last in West Virginia?
West Virginia coal exports consistently make up a large share of U.S. coal exports — nearly one-third of the nation’s total economic export value. The study says coal exports are expected to grow slowly over the next decade and will stay relatively flat after that through 2050.
Is coal use declining?
U.S. coal production totaled 535 million short tons (MMst) in 2020, a 24% decrease from the 706 MMst mined in 2019 and the lowest level of coal production in the United States in any year since 1965.
What would happen if coal ran out?
Burning fossil fuels causes plenty of environmental damage, and the consequent drop-off in carbon emissions would put a halt to climate change — provided we hadn’t already ruined the climate. There also would be indirect benefits: Fish populations would rebound as the fishing industry shuts down.