The coal industry is far more economically vulnerable than most analysts have realized, a new...

|By:, SA News Editor

The coal industry is far more economically vulnerable than most analysts have realized, a new study says, thanks to cheap natural gas crowding out coal and strict air pollution regulations that could accelerate that shift. Key stat: An additional 56% of the U.S. coal fleet could become more expensive than natural gas, assuming the ratio of gas prices to coal stays around its current level.