Coal will remain part of the US grid until 2050, federal energy projections say

January 29, 2019

This year, against the backdrop of recent warnings from top scientists about the urgency of climate action, the EIA's projections don't look great. Coal, one of the most carbon-emitting sources of energy, is still projected to provide 17 percent of the United States' electricity in 2050, and that's assuming that no carbon-capture technology has been made mandatory. Natural gas--a fossil fuel that is less carbon-emitting than coal but still a problem for climate change--will increase its share of US electricity production from 34 percent to 39 percent.

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