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Europeans rip Trump on climate change,
wait for it.........import record amounts of U.S. coal
By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times - Updated: 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 21, 2018
As France, Germany and Italy chastised President Trump for rejecting the Paris climate accord in June and mocked the U.S. for turning its back on the environment, their nations were busy importing record amounts of American coal.
The U.S., federal data show, is seeing something of a coal renaissance, but the boom — partly the result of Mr. Trump’s aggressive policies to roll back Obama-era regulations on the fuel — largely has benefited foreign markets. Some of the biggest buyers are also the biggest critics of the Trump administration’s climate policy, including China and leading European nations that now claim to be the world’s leaders on fighting global warming.
The U.S. last year produced 773 million short tons of coal, 45 million more than 2016. That was the largest year-to-year increase in nearly two decades, government numbers show.
But that didn’t equal increased use at home, with more coal than ever heading overseas.
“Even though U.S. coal consumption decreased, higher worldwide demand for U.S. coal led to greater coal production,” the federal Energy Information Administration said in a recent report.
Indeed, the U.S. consumed 719 million short tons of coal last year, a drop of 12 million from 2016.