U.S. and World Coal Production: Developments and Projections


Raul M. Schmidt (Editor)

Series: Energy Science, Engineering and Technology, Energy Policies, Politics and Prices
BISAC: TEC007000

Even though U.S. coal production remained strong over the past decade, reaching record levels of production, coal is losing its share of overall U.S. energy production primarily to natural gas. One of the big questions for the industry is how to penetrate the overseas market, particularly in steam coal, to compensate for declining domestic demand. As U.S. energy policy and environmental regulations are constantly debated, there is ongoing congressional interest in the role of coal in meeting U.S. and global energy needs. The question may not be whether the domestic production of coal is here to stay but, rather, how much U.S. coal will be mined, what type, and under what regulatory framework. This book serves as a primer on U.S. and world coal resources and production and highlights some of the congressional interest related to coal production on U.S. federal lands. The book also describes the past ten years of coal activity and includes a discussion of future coal production projections and federal coal incentives, many of which do not expire. (Imprint: Novinka )

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(Richard J. Campbell, Peter Folger, Phillip Brown, CRS)


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