Report: Coal's tipping point near, but climate goals are not

March 23, 2018

Declines in coal power plant construction in China, India and the U.S. are projected to push the heavily-polluting fuel over the edge - but not fast enough to meet international climate change goals, environmental groups said Wednesday.

Coal's dominance as the fuel of choice for generating electricity has been slipping as cheap natural gas and renewable energy sources challenge its decades-long reign.

A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, Sierra Club and Greenpeace projects that by 2022 retirements of older, more polluting coal plants will outpace new plant construction for the first time in the modern era.

The findings are in line with data from the International Energy Agency, which recently declared coal was in a "decade of stagnation" with demand declining at a level last seen in the early 1990s.

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