A new report says the coal industry in the United States has been completely wiped out since the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan came into effect in 2020.
The report from the advocacy group Coal Country Watch, which analyzed data from the Energy Information Administration, shows that the coal sector is dead or dying in just 13 states, and in some cases, is on the verge of dying entirely.
“Coal is one of the most important sectors of the economy,” said Coal Country’s John Boudreaux.
“We can’t continue to sit back and let this happen.”
In the U, coal jobs have dropped dramatically in recent years, according to data from coal mining company UTC Resources.
In 2018, the company reported that it lost 1,000 jobs and has since lost 1.2 million.
A recent report from EIA said the U-shaped coal market is in trouble because the U of A’s Appalachian Basin is becoming less accessible to other mining projects.
The basin, in the Appalachian Mountains, is a key energy producer in the U for a number of reasons, including the proximity to two major sources of cheap natural gas, which can be found in the region.
But the U also has a growing number of coal-fired power plants that are increasingly producing more carbon dioxide emissions than the industry needs to meet its CO2 reduction goals.
The EIA report notes that “many states in the country have experienced net job losses in coal mining, but in many of these cases, the job losses are in the process of being offset.”
The report also notes that the mining industry has been hit particularly hard in states like Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Wyoming.
“These states are now the only three states with coal-dependent industries in the entire country,” said Boudresaux.
The impact of the coal jobs are particularly damaging for people who are struggling to make ends meet.
“The jobs lost in coal industry have been very substantial,” said Chris Williams, president of the Western States Alliance, a non-profit that works with rural communities.
“It is not just the miners and truckers that are hurting.
It is the whole industry.”
The Coal Country report found that since 2020, the number of jobs in the coal mining industry in Tennessee has fallen from 9,000 to just 5,000.
The coal industry also saw the most layoffs in Wyoming, where its jobs have decreased from 4,000 workers to just 700.
“There’s a real disconnect between the coal and the energy industries,” Williams said.
The economic impact of coal mining is already being felt on the ground in the West.
The West has struggled to maintain a stable coal-producing industry since the collapse of the mining industries in Appalachia.
That has put a lot of pressure on the West’s rural communities, where the coal-mining boom has left a lot to be desired.
“They’re really hurting economically,” said Williams.
“When you have a boom and then the bust comes along, you’re hit with a lot more.”
The lack of a coal industry can also mean the loss of jobs for rural communities in the Midwest, where some industries have been especially hard hit.
“In the Midwest [and] South, there is a lot that is happening in the service industry, manufacturing and the construction industry,” said Brian Bynum, vice president of policy for the National Association of Manufacturers.
“But the industry in coal is very important.”
For instance, coal mining employs around 1.3 million people in the state of Kentucky, with around 700,000 employed in the mines.
“I can tell you, this is the worst part of the industry,” Bynums said.
“This is the one that is really going to take the biggest hit.”
Coal is the single largest energy source in the US, accounting for almost half of the nation’s electricity supply.
However, the industry has faced a long and slow decline over the past several decades.
“From 1950 to the mid-1990s, the coal companies in the [West] States had a big lead,” Boudsaux said.
As coal mining declined, so did jobs in that industry, with the industry losing some of its biggest employers, like steel, cement, and mining equipment manufacturers.
“Now, the biggest companies have moved to other states,” Broussard said.
Coal has also become more expensive, especially as its emissions are declining.
“A lot of the costs are being passed onto consumers,” Williams added.
In the last two decades, coal production has dropped from 2.8 million to just 1.4 million.
However the decline in coal-based energy production is largely due to increased coal mining costs, Boudreau said.
This year, a new report from coal industry watchdog group American Energy Alliance estimates that “the coal industry lost about 1.5 million jobs in 2020, an unemployment rate of 10.5 percent.”
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