The coal there was supposed to last for many more years. But that looks doubtful now. Appalachian coal is the highest quality too. It’s the same story as oil, all the easy stuff has already been gotten out of the ground. What remains is way more costly to get at.
So, if oil and coal are getting increasingly difficult and expensive to produce, then that makes moving to renewables (and probably nuclear) even more of a priority. Coal was supposed to be our dirty little ace-in-the-hole. But maybe not.
Plus, some US coal companies export it to other countries. Oh yeah, that’s real carbon-friendly. Mine it with huge machines, then ship it acrossÂ the ocean somewhere.
We really need cleaner, more efficient ways to create power.