Natural Gas Quickly Outpacing Coal #infographic


Natural Gas Quickly Outpacing Coal #infographic

With the Trump administration steadily increasing exports and rolling back regulations during his presidency, the U.S. continues to find success in using natural gas to slowly wean off its dependency on foreign oil firms. This job, however, obviously contradicts Trump 's commitment during his 2016 campaign to bring back the coal industry. Despite the rollback of coal legislation, the declining coal industry continues to deteriorate, and the abundance of natural gas along with an increased focus on renewable energy in the U.S. can only help to speed up coal extinction. Little has been done in terms of compensation or assistance for thousands of coal workers across the country, despite energy analysts predicting the continued decline of the industry.

Coal production and usage continue to decline worldwide, with the growth trend in alternative and renewable energy following in 2020. In the U.S., the decline in coal consumption is evident, with data showing how natural gas has rapidly replaced coal in driving the electricity production of the nation.

In the U.S. info, The Energy Information Administration's 2020 U.S. electricity production forecasts demonstrate how far natural gas has come to overtake coal as the top electricity fuel. Estimates indicate that this year, natural gas accounts for about 39 percent of all electricity in the U.S., while coal has declined to just 19 percent of all electricity.

Over the last two decades, the coal industry has suffered a steep decline. Coal accounted for over 50 percent of all electricity production in the country in 2000, while natural gas accounted for just 15 percent of total electricity production. The shift in fossil fuel dependency has correlated directly with the boom over the last decade in the U.S. of the natural gas and shale gas industries. Huge natural gas reserves have triggered a major shift in the country's use of coal in Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and other key states, leading to a increase in natural gas employment and contributing to a dramatic decline in the coal industry.

Natural Gas Quickly Outpacing Coal #infographic

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