US coal-fired plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge to support the industry

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US coal-fired plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge to support the industry

Coal-fired power plants in the United States had shut down at its second-fastest pace last year despite reassurances from the US President Donald Trump, a Republican, US Federal Government’s data had unveiled on Monday, the 13th of January 2020.

On top of that, according to Monday’s (January 13th) Government data, over the course of 2019, US-based power companies had either converted or shut down more than 15,100 megawatts of coal-fired electricity, a whopping figure which could power over 15 million homes in the United States, preliminary statistics from the EIA (Energy Information Administration) had revealed.

More importantly, the number or capacity of the coal-fired power plants shut down last year in the United States, had been the second on record in America’s history, as an all-time high 19,300 mega watts of coal-fired power plants had ceased to exist back in the 2015s under the terms of former US President Barack Obama.

In point of fact, a growing uproar from the environmental activists over the usage of fossil fuel ahead of a November 2020 US Presidential election which could prove to be a pivotal point for the global economic activity, had also played its part last year despite pledges from the Republican US President Donald Trump, presumably who had been the last man standing in favour of burning fossil fuel despite a number of droughts and wildfires including an ongoing drought in Central Africa and a rampaging bushfire in Australia alongside California wildfires in 2017 and 2018 and a Siberian wildfire in 2019, while other supporters of using fossil fuel including Russ President Vladimir Putin had agreed to sign off the Paris Accord recently to decline usage of fossil fuel despite initial disagreements following a cascade of calamitous consequences of global warming across the world.