What's really driving coal power's demise?
March 3, 2021
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David Drake, University of Colorado Boulder and Jeffrey York, University of Colorado Boulder
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The big idea
People often point to plunging natural gas prices as the reason U.S. coal-fired power plants have been shutting down at a faster pace in recent years. However, new research shows two other forces had a much larger effect: federal regulation and a well-funded activist campaign that launched...