The good folks at the Sierra Club issued a news release Thursday trumpeting the decline of coal in the past year and attributing it to "an unprecedented coalition including Sierra Club and more than a hundred local, regional and national organizations." There are some interesting numbers, but as far as what's driving the change, the Energy Information Administration at the U.S. DOE, and National Public Radio, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Wall Street Journal, and the Houston Chronicle, with a more nuanced version, offer a different interpretation. But their answers basically come down to two words: natural gas. Make that three words: cheap natural gas.
A link to the EIA's report is here. NPR's print version is here. The San Francisco Chronicle's story is here, and the Houston Chronicle's report is here. The Wall Street Journal's pay wall will likely catch nonsubscribers, but the link is here.
-- Jim Fuquay