Mining lobby attacks greens;Coal’s problem is not climate change

“U.S. coal companies blame climate campaigners and the Obama administration for waging a war on coal that has cost thousands of jobs and threatened struggling mining communities,” writes John Kemp.”But coal’s long-term problems stem not from politics but from physical properties that make it an inferior source of energy compared with oil, gas and (arguably) renewables.Coal has been losing the “war” for market share since the middle of the 20th century as other sources of energy have become cheaper and more abundant.”

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