As the coal industry in the US continues to shrink, hitting a 42-year low in 2019, the Trump Administration wants to throw it a lifeline. The Department of Energy recently announced, “plans to provide $122 million in funding for the manufacture of coal-based products” and the establishment of “coal products innovation centers” in major coal-producing areas. An analysis by the National Coal Council, an advisory committee to the Secretary of Energy, claims this emerging industry could potentially grow to “the same order of magnitude as coal usage for power generation,” while skeptics see it as more of a “boutique.”


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