Energy Economics 101: Abundant Coal Does Not Improve Energy Independence

Count on the  coal industry to go the extra mile in an attempt to stay relevant in the U.S. energy mix.  Below is the industry’s latest “refutation by vigorous assertion of an irrelevant truism.”  The flaw is that  oil generates just 0.3% of electricity in the United States, while 93% of coal is used to generate electricity. This means that oil and coal do not compete as fuels, so the domestic abundance of coal does nothing to improve energy security.  Energy Economics 101