The use of coal in the United States has dropped dramatically due to a confluence of events.  Natural gas is much cheaper, and there has been a major push to create renewable sources of energy.  In addition, the regulations put in place by the Obama administration lowering carbon output and mercury emissions have substantially impacted the ability of coal companies to survive. As energy companies look to the future, it is about creating new sources of renewable energy and not continuing to use coal.  The state of Oregon just passed a bill that bans the use of coal after 2035.

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