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Old October 13th, 2017, 04:59 AM   #1
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U.S. coal exports soar, in boost to Trump energy agenda, data shows

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U.S. coal exports have jumped more than 60 percent this year due to soaring demand from Europe and Asia, according to a Reuters review of government data, allowing President Donald Trump’s administration to claim that efforts to revive the battered industry are working.
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The increased shipments came as the European Union and other U.S. allies heaped criticism on the Trump administration for its rejection of the Paris Climate Accord, a deal agreed by nearly 200 countries to cut carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels like coal.



The previously unpublished figures provided to Reuters by the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed exports of the fuel from January through May totaled 36.79 million tons, up 60.3 percent from 22.94 million tons in the same period in 2016. While reflecting a bounce from 2016, the shipments remained well-below volumes recorded in equivalent periods the previous five years.
As the article states above the Europeans roundly condemned Trump of pulling out of the Paris Accord and on vaunting their green credentials...so...
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They included a surge to several European countries during the 2017 period, including a 175 percent increase in shipments to the United Kingdom, and a doubling to France - which had suffered a series of nuclear power plant outages that required it and regional neighbors to rely more heavily on coal.



“If Europe wants to lecture Trump on climate then EU member states need transition plans to phase out polluting coal,” said Laurence Watson, a data scientist working on coal at independent think tank Carbon Tracker Initiative in London.
Good for US jobs!

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Old October 13th, 2017, 07:13 AM   #2
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The entire industry employs less than Araby's, so...
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Old October 13th, 2017, 08:43 AM   #3
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The entire industry employs less than Araby's, so...
More jobs in the solar industry were created in the last decade than Coal has right now.

"Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined. ... Just under 374,000 people were employed in solar energy, according to the report, while coal, gas and oil power generation combined had a workforce of slightly more than 187,000.Jan 25, 2017"
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Old October 13th, 2017, 10:35 AM   #4
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More jobs in the solar industry were created in the last decade than Coal has right now.
Which is fine but coal is in demand and as the article suggests US exports are growing which for those employed in the mines offers a degree of job security and revenue for the taxes that subsidise the solar energy sector.
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Old October 13th, 2017, 10:54 AM   #5
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Which is fine but coal is in demand and as the article suggests US exports are growing which for those employed in the mines offers a degree of job security and revenue for the taxes that subsidise the solar energy sector.
Shortsighted mindset is after all....The American Way.
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