Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post

"Green" Europe Embraces Coal

Europe’s use of the fossil fuel spiked last year after a long decline, powered by a surge of cheap U.S. coal on global markets and by the unintended consequences of ambitious climate policies that capped emissions and reduced reliance on nuclear energy. By contrast, in the United States, natural gas is now frequently less expensive than coal for power, so demand for the hard, black fuel has plummeted.

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