Coal plant closings double in Trump's 2nd year despite 'end of war on coal'

November 29, 2018

Coal's inability to compete in the energy market is a major reason for its decline. Utilities have cited higher costs of maintenance, aging plants and regulatory uncertainty for their decision to close down. The closures come despite various administration attempts to subsidize the fossil fuel, and promises that coal was key to the government's energy independence goal. The shifting public opinion on coal has also likely added to its demise, with many consumers opting for cleaner forms of energy.