Competitiveness

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Myth Part 1: Solar and wind are quickly becoming cheaper than coal.

The Coal Truth: Because solar and wind are unreliable and require constant backup they are far more expensive than coal and other “reliables.”[1] 

Myth Part 2: Utilities are replacing coal plants with natural gas plants because coal can’t compete.

The Coal Truth: While natural gas is sometimes the cheapest solution, utilities are usually replacing coal plants at great cost because anti-coal policies force them to.

Myth Part 3: Therefore we shouldn’t be worried about the destruction of the American coal industry–it’s going the way of the horse and buggy industry.

The Coal Truth: The American coal industry provides the best power for millions at home and abroad–destroying it means going backwards, not forwards.

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Assessing the benefits: Communities around the world should choose the energy that is most reliable, affordable, and safe.

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  • Around the world, people are voluntarily adopting coal as the best source of energy to meet their needs. In 2016 coal was over 28% of world energy consumption.[2]  The U.S. Energy Information Administration projects that coal consumption will continue to rise until 2050 and that India will more than double its coal consumption over that time period.[3] 
  • Coal power is often the most reliable solution; it is easy to stockpile in vast amounts at the site of a power plant and is less vulnerable to supply interruptions from extreme weather or other disasters.
  • Coal power often has the lowest price–with far more long-term stability than natural gas prices–which is why in many regions coal remains the dominant power source.[4] [5] [6] 

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  • Coal is easy to transport compared to natural gas or oil, a globally traded commodity, and is abundantly available in the U.S., which are good conditions for lasting supply of affordable fuel.
  • The U.S. has an estimated 20% or more of the world’s proved coal reserves, which is enough to last for over 300 years at current production levels, even if there is no technological advancement.[6] 

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Assessing the costs:  Modern coal power is safe, featuring low emissions levels that are perfectly healthy for communities.

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  • Human health does not require eliminating coal emissions but bringing them down to safe levels: just as a certain dose of Tylenol is safe but a high dose can be deadly, the same is true for coal byproducts such as Sulfur Dioxide.
  • Thanks to improved coal technology, since 1980 Sulfur Dioxide levels in the U.S. have been reduced by 87% and since 2000 the levels of particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers has decrease 42%.
  • No demonstrable harm to human health has been established for concentrations at today’s levels.[7] 

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Communities should choose the energy sources that are the best combination of reliable, affordable, and safe–instead of the government discriminating against coal power.

 

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