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Coal Use Declines In The U.S.

Boats are docked at the Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Boats are docked at the Aqualand Marina as emissions spew out of a large stack nearby at the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station June 29, 2015 in Newburg, Maryland. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Coal used to account for 50 percent of the electricity generated in the United States, but that percentage is falling, as concerns about climate change persist. There are also cheaper alternatives available, such as natural gas.

Michael Grunwald of Politico joins Here & Now’s Indira Lakshmanan to discuss the state of the coal industry in the U.S. as the climate changetalks in Paris continue.

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  • Guest

  • Michael Grunwald, a senior staff writer for POLITICO Magazine and editor-at-large of The Agenda. He tweets @MikeGrunwald.
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