Coal production using mountaintop removal mining decreases by 62% since 2008

Coal production from mines with mountaintop removal permits has declined since 2008, more than the downward trend in total U.S. coal production. Total U.S. coal production decreased about 15% from 2008 to 2014. Surface production decreased about 21%, and mountaintop removal, one type of surface production, decreased 62% over this period. Lower demand for U.S. coal, primarily used to generate electric power, has contributed to lower U.S. coal production

via Today in Energy

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