By Jeremy G. Weber

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Energy prices are keeping coal in the ground, which has benefits, but recent production cuts will cost coal communities an estimated 27,000 jobs and $2.7 billion in total earnings.

Coal, which once was king in electricity generation, continues the transition to pauper. As solar panels, wind turbines, and natural gas wells have proliferated, coal mines have shuttered, with production falling by 52 percent from 2010 to 2020 (assuming production in 2020 remains steady at the level of the first half of the year). The downward spiral paused from 2016 to 2018, but resumed in 2019, with annual production falling to its lowest level since 1978. …


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