The US coal industry has been on fire in recent years.
But China is now pushing for the use of its coal.
China, which has become the world’s biggest consumer of coal, has already been burning more coal in the US than the US is currently burning.
That’s because the US has been importing large amounts of coal from China.
In November, the US Government reported that imports of coal increased to $5.8 billion last year, an increase of $1.9 billion in one year.
And that increase has been driven largely by China.
This article was originally published by RTE in partnership with The Conversation.