Its not renewable, its not Al Gore, its not climate activism – its Natural gas that made this happen. Wanna see coal to go down? Then work for Natural Gas to go up. Everything else is just hot air.
EIA expects total U.S. coal consumption in 2018 to fall to 691 million short tons (MMst), a 4% decline from 2017 and the lowest level since 1979. U.S. coal consumption has been falling since its peak in 2007, and EIA forecasts that 2018 coal consumption will be 437 MMst (44%) lower than 2007 levels, mainly driven by declines in coal use in the electric power sector.