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Coal production in the United States reached a 30-year low in 2015, according to a U.S. Energy Information Administration report released last Friday, Bobby Magill reports for Climate Central. “Appalachian coal, produced mainly in West Virginia and Kentucky, was hit the hardest in 2015, falling 40 percent below the region’s annual production average between 2010 and 2014.”

(Courtesy U.S. Energy Information Administration)
(Courtesy U.S. Energy Information Administration)

“Coal production has been trending downward since its peak at nearly 1.2 billion short tons in 2008, declining to 900 million short tons in 2015. Last year’s production declined 10 percent from 2014, according to the EIA,” Magill writes. Low natural gas prices and President Obama’s Clean Power Plan regulations to reduce carbon emissions are largely indicated as reasons for the drop in coal production.

[Editor’s Note: This article was cross-published from the Rural Blog. Top image of an abandoned coal tipple in Eastern Kentucky by Alan Creech / Flickr.]
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