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George Frey/Bloomberg Coal’s share of electricity generation in the United States, such as at the Intermountain Power Plant outside Delta, has fallen to under 40 percent in the past decade, from 50 percent.
Coal industry’s future hinges on export battle
Mining » Strategy to expand shipments to Asia, Europe meets environmental resistance.
First Published Jun 28 2013 05:22 pm • Last Updated Dec 07 2013 11:34 pm

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Coal’s scope in Utah

No. of mines » 9

Employees » 1,397*

Output » 16.85 million tons*

Rank nationally » 14th

Mining’s estimated economic impact » $660 million**

*Production and employment figures at the end of 2012

**Utah Geological Survey figure for total value of Utah coal production in 2011

Source: Tribune research

Obama wants to curb coal-fired plants

President Barack Obama’s plan to combat climate change could deal a deadly blow to the coal-fired power plants that supply about half of the nation’s electricity but that also pump planet-warming gases into the atmosphere. › E2

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