Taking the place of coal will be clean-burning natural gas and clean, green solar and wind power.
Not at all.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration says that with natural gas prices now on the rise, (around $3.50 per MMBtu now) there will be less switching in 2013 than in 2012. In fact, the EIA figures that gas burned to make electricity will actually fall from a record 25 bcfd in 2012 to 23.1 bcfd in 2013.
And while the amount of coal consumed by American power generators is down about 15% from the 1 billion tons per year average of the 2000s, the EIA expects the domestic coal burn to inch up to 859 million tons in 2013 and 870 million in 2014.
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