World Clings To Coal for Power Despite Mounting Climate Protests

Nov. 13, 2019, 12:00 AM

The world’s attempts to quit coal are failing. Whatever rich nations do to move away from the dirtiest fossil fuel, those efforts are being outpaced by developing Asian countries seeking a cheap and reliable source of power.

Global coal demand rose for a second consecutive year in 2018, the International Energy Agency said in its World Energy Outlook, which plots different scenarios of future energy use. Three quarters of that demand was in the Asia Pacific region.

If global coal policies remain unchanged, then demand will keep expanding for two decades, the IEA said. However, growth will plateau in ...

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