2017 Feb 11, 10:24am
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Donald Trump won the presidency with claims that he is a brilliant businessman who will create jobs. He railed against a political â€œwar on coalâ€ supposedly waged by President Obama, one Trump claimed was â€œkilling American jobs.â€ On his first day in office, Trump deleted all the climate change references on the White House website, replacing it with an â€œenergy planâ€ that asserts he is â€œcommitted toâ€¦ reviving Americaâ€™s coal industry.â€
In a new analysis, leading independent energy experts at BNEF dismantle these claims. â€œWhatever President Trump may say, U.S. coalâ€™s main problem has been cheap natural gas and renewable power, not a politically driven â€˜war on coal,â€™â€ explain BNEF chair Michael Liebreich and chief editor Angus McCrone. Therefore â€œit will continue being pushed out of the generating mix.â€
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BNEF lists whatâ€™s going on:
In the U.K., coal-firing shrunk to a minuscule 3.6 percent of total electricity production in the third quarter of 2016
Other European countries are finallyâ€Šâ€”â€Šand belatedlyâ€Šâ€”â€Šturning their attention to forcing the early retirement of coal plants.
China has just announced the suspension of plans for 100 new coal plants, including ones whose construction has already begun
Indiaâ€™s Electricity Central Electricity Authority has said that after the current crop of coal-fired power stations under construction are completed, the country will need no new ones until 2027.