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The World’s Three Biggest Coal Users Get Ready to Burn Even More

  • U.S. power plants expected to burn 16% more this year
  • Increase is a setback for efforts to curb global emissions
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The world’s three biggest consumers of coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel, are getting ready to boost usage so much that it’ll almost be as if the pandemic-induced drop in emissions never happened.

U.S. power plants are going to consume 16% more coal this year than in 2020, and then another 3% in 2022, the Energy Information Administration said last week. China and India, which together account for almost two-thirds of demand, have no plans to cut back in the near term.