Despite record amounts being spent to propagandize the coal industry and the ridiculous concept of “clean coal”, United States coal consumption has gone down. Sort of.
A recent report from the Energy Information Administration indicates the U.S.’s relative consumption has gone done, while the world consumption continues to rise at a nauseating rate. This matters in a couple ways. U.S. has typically driven fossil fuel consumption globally – so this is a step in the right direction. However the aggregate amount of greenhouse gasses distributed into the atmosphere is what will make or break the environmental future for our children. Countries like China continue to grow at exponential rates, those not seen since America’s industrial revolution.
Why am I not doing backflips about the U.S. dropping coal consumption? Because the U.S. could stop coal’d-turkey (get it?) and if other countries continue at the same clip, we will still all have black marks under our noses and our children will cough like the Swammy Swans in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax.