Coal Watch USA

Last Modified: Mon Feb 06 2017 22:16:25 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 300
    + coal-fired power plants have closed in the U.S. since 2008. Cheap natural gas, over production, weaker Chinese demand for coal and environmental regulations are all to blame.
  • 40
    coal producers have filed for bankruptcy recently.
  • 29,700
    The number of coal mining jobs lost from 2009 to 2016. According to the Department of Labor number of jobs in 2016 were 56,700 compared to 84,600 shortly after President Obama took office in March 2009.
  • 17%
    decline in coal’s share of electricity generation since 2008. In 2015 coal's share was at 33%, compared to over 50% in 2008.
  • 896 million tonnes
    coal production in 2016 - the lowest in 30 years - down 24% from a peak of 1,170 million tonnes in 2008.
  • 250,000
    Approximate number of jobs in U.S. coal mines 35 years ago.
  • $83,700
    annual income of a typical coal miner.