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In this April 4, 2013, file photo, coal passes through a loading terminal at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek mine near Decker, Mont. U.S., coal production is on track to fall to a 20-year low of just over 1 billion tons in 2013. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
In this Wednesday, July 31, 2013, file photo, a worker levels the coal on a freight train in Taiyuan in northern China's Shanxi province. Coal has been the dominant fuel for power generation for a century because it is cheap, plentiful, and easy to ship and store. But it emits a host of pollution-forming gases and soot particles, and double the greenhouse gas emissions of its closest fossil fuel competitor, natural gas. (AP Photo)
In this Wednesday July 31, 2013, file photo, a worker shovels coal on a freight train in Taiyuan in northern China's Shanxi province. China, which consumes and burns 4 billion tons of coal a year, as much as the rest of the world combined, is taking steps to slow the staggering growth of its coal consumption and may even be approaching a peak. (AP Photo)
In this Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009, file photo, a flock of geese fly past a smokestack at the Jeffery Energy Center coal power plant near Emmitt, Kan. Economic forces, pollution concerns and competition from cleaner fuels are slowly nudging nations around the globe away from coal. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)