Coal is dead.
And, as the world struggles to recover from a global energy crisis, it’s unlikely that the world will ever see another coal-fired power plant.
The industry’s demise is not an isolated event.
Over the past decade, a wide variety of coal-dependent industries—from coal mining to steel production—have seen their fortunes shrink.
That means the world’s coal supply is dwindling at an unprecedented rate.
For those industries, there’s a good chance that the coal that is still being produced today is not the same coal that made its way into the ground a century ago.
That’s the takeaway from a recent report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative.
In its first four months, the report found that nearly all of the coal production in the United States is gone.
The study’s authors note that “there are only a handful of remaining coal plants and none of them are in the critical growth phase.”
While this is still a major industry, it is unlikely that it will be revived for a very long time.
And the transition to other energy sources is a very different story.
The most dramatic changes are taking place in the oil industry.
In 2015, the global economy hit a record $100 trillion, which means that about $2 trillion worth of global oil production was shut down.
That is more than twice the size of the U.S. economy.
That includes the closure of the largest U.K. oil refinery, a major oil producer in Saudi Arabia, the closing of the world of the Canadian tar sands, and a number of major Canadian tar sand projects.
As the number of coal plants nears the end of their lifespans, many are shutting down in a desperate attempt to keep their business going.
But in an era where climate change is being felt as acutely by the world as it is by the coal industry, the reality is that there is not enough coal to meet demand in the coming decades.
To put this in context, it takes an average of 10 years to produce one barrel of oil, and only about three years to process one barrel.
That, in turn, means that coal will not be able to continue to fill a large portion of global energy demand in decades to come.
What will happen in the future?
According to the Carbon Monitor Initiative, there are only about a dozen plants in the U, European Union, and Australia that are currently operating in the final stages of decommissioning.
As they are shutting downs, it looks as though they are likely to be shut down in the near future.
But there are many other coal-related industries that are in danger of shutting down as well.
In the U., for example, the closure or restructuring of a number and growing number of small-scale coal-based power plants has led to an increase in the use of natural gas to power plants and an increase of coal prices.
While there is no hard number on the total number of plants shut down, the Carbon Tracking Initiative’s analysis of U.N. data found that there were 1,926 plants in operation in 2015.
Those plants were mostly in China, Russia, and India, all of which are likely going to continue burning coal.
Meanwhile, there is a growing number, both in China and Russia, that are looking to switch to solar, wind, and biofuels.
That could make the US. coal-powered grid even less appealing in the decades ahead.
But it is not a given that these new technologies will replace coal.
It will take a long time for the new technologies to become economically viable and the old ones will have to be replaced.
The United States, China, and Russia have been slow to replace their coal-burning plants, but they have made significant investments in renewable energy.
China is building two large solar farms, the world has installed more than 200,000 megawatts of renewable energy, and the U of A is now building the world-first wind farm.
As we transition to a cleaner and more sustainable energy system, it will take time for these new industries to find a home.
But that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a chance that coal could continue to exist as a part of our energy future.
What’s more, coal mining has proven that it can provide a good, long-term income stream.
According to a 2016 study, in the past 25 years, the average coal miner has seen his or her earnings grow by around 70 percent.
The average coal-mining job is about $15 an hour.
The same study found that about 50 percent of the miners in the country have made at least $100,000 in their careers.
And that’s not just a good paycheck.
In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that nearly 40 percent of all workers in the coal mining industry were women.
That would suggest that coal miners are disproportionately women, as well as minorities.
But the majority of these women in the mining industry are still men. It