Technological Obsolescence and the End of Coal

By STAN KAPLAN Coal is dying in America, and it is disappearing for the same reason that led to the end of fax machines and typewriters. Coal is obsolete. Across all technical dimensions coal technology has been comprehensively surpassed by more modern natural gas and renewable electricity systems.Technological obsolescence has stuck the coal industry before, in the rail, space heating, steel, and industrial..

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