US coal revival owes more to gas prices than to Trump

The ramp-up in US coal consumption has more to do with market dynamics than politics, experts say
By Alessandro Vitelli 1 September 2017
Big Bend coal-fired power station in Apollo Beach, Florida. (PA)

During last year’s presidential election campaign in the United States, Donald Trump pledged to ‘bring back coal’ by rolling back environmental regulations, including the proposed Clean Power Plan and various restrictions on mining and waste.

His promises were dismissed by environmental advocates, and even coal industry executives expressed some scepticism that Trump could reverse the decline in coal production and consumption.

Yet nine months into Trump’s presidency, US coal output is rising. However, it appears that coal’s revival owes more to market fundamentals...

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