A report published Thursday by the Pew Research Center on Global Environment found that coal use in the U.S. is the highest it’s been in decades, with the amount of coal in the earth’s crust at an all-time high.
While coal use is expected to decrease in the coming years, the researchers estimated that coal consumption will increase by a staggering 75 percent by 2050.
The report found that between 2014 and 2020, the U,S.
produced more than 26.4 billion tons of coal.
That amount dwarfs the amount that China and India combined produced in that time period, which is a whopping 44.2 billion tons.
The Pew report also found that by 2050, more than one-third of all U.M. energy use will be generated by renewable sources.
The report also noted that coal-fired power plants will account for about one-quarter of total energy use by 2050 with the remaining one-fifth being generated by other sources such as nuclear and biofuels.
According to the Pew report, in the United States, coal is the primary source of power generation, with electricity generated from coal accounting for over 70 percent of total electricity generation in 2020.
The rest of the power generation comes from natural gas, nuclear, hydroelectric and solar.In the U