Coal is a dying form of energy. The writing has been on the wall for years. It’s not lost on me that thousands of families rely on jobs in the coal industry to make ends meet, but when Trump tells you that he’s going to save coal, he’s lying.
According to a report by Greenpeace, new coal power plants being built around the world dropped by two-thirds last year in comparison to 2015.
This report comes as a shock to some who knew of a decline but not this steep of one. China and India accounted for a large chunk of the declining investments, but the United States played a role as well.
The death of coal is not coming as a result of bad government policy. Coal’s is dying at the hands of the free market. Natural gas and renewable energy are simply cheaper, and more and more, the market craves cheap clean energy.
“Markets are demanding clean energy, and no amount of rhetoric from Donald Trump will be able to stop the fall of coal in the US and across the globe,” says Nicole Ghio, a senior campaigner at the Sierra Club.
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