50 US coal power plants shut under Trump

Coal is on course to provide only 25 percent of the US energy mix by the summer of 2019 (against 35 percent in 2015), while natu
Coal is on course to provide only 25 percent of the US energy mix by the summer of 2019 (against 35 percent in 2015), while natural gas will account for 40 percent, according to an analysis published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Fifty coal-fired power plants have shut in the United States since President Donald Trump came to office two years ago, an environmental organization said Thursday.

The Sierra Club counted 50 closures, along with 51 announcements of closure, since Trump was sworn into office in January 2017.

The numbers are distinct because it sometimes takes years between an announcement and the actual shuttering.

This week, the operators of two , one in Florida and the other in Utah, announced they would shut their doors within the next few years.

In total, 289 have closed since 2010, comprising 40 percent of the US's coal power capacity, while an additional 241 plants remain open.

A coal power plant that began running in Alaska a few weeks ago is the only new installation to open since Trump took office, the non-profit said.

"We're seeing a rush to the exit door from the and utilities, because the economics don't work out," the Sierra Club's Jonathan Levenshus told AFP.

Despite the president's pro-coal rhetoric, "what the Trump administration is offering is false promises," he added.

Since the fracking boom began around a decade ago, coal has become more expensive to exploit than , which is experiencing strong growth in the United States and increasingly replacing coal.

By this summer, coal is on course to provide only 25 percent of the US energy mix from its share of 35 percent in 2015.

Meanwhile, natural gas will account for 40 percent of the power supply, according to an analysis published Thursday by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

US coal production has fallen by a third since its peak in 2008, according to official energy statistics, and more than half of all mines have closed since that time.


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May 09, 2019
Have you hugged a Fracker today?

You should.

May 09, 2019
Have you hugged a Fracker today?

You should.

No thanks, I don't wanna get fracked...

May 09, 2019
What are you expecting people to do, @shootie, bend over, lube themselves up and say "frack my land?"

Idiot.

May 09, 2019
Have you hugged a Fracker today?

You should.

If you only knew the shite they pump into the ground, you wouldn't be so quick.

May 09, 2019
The green agenda is suicidal in nature. Banning fracking while closing coal plants is a sure recipe for blackouts, looting, riots and financial collapse.

May 09, 2019
The brown agenda is suicidal in nature. Continuing to burn coal and release unregulated gases from oil extraction is a sure recipe for ecosystem collapse in which billions die of starvation- and that assumes they don't have nukes they try to use to blackmail other nations to feed them.

Stupid.

May 09, 2019
The likes of shootownfoot & ms666 & ponyboy & cant & sillyegghead
are too stupid to understand that they are agitpropping for totalitarianism.

They only pay lip service (badly chapped) to free enterprise & conservative values. As they deny the Human Values & efficient technology.

They are wasters, polluters & toadies to the orwellian nightmare they crave ti bring to power.

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