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Coal Output in U.S. Seen Rising Most Since 1990 on Global Demand

  • U.S. output is forecast to jump 15% on soaring electric demand
  • ‘The stars are aligning’ to support global consumption of coal
Coal Operations As Industry Faces Lesser Emissions Rule Threat
Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

The surging, post-pandemic U.S. economy is driving an unexpected boom in coal, the latest sign that demand for the dirtiest fossil fuel remains resilient.

American coal production this year will swell 15% to meet stronger demand for electricity at home and abroad, according to the U.S. Energy Department’s July outlook. That would be the most since at least 1990 and nearly double the 8% increase projected in May, when the economic rebound was still in earlier stages of recovery.