Fracking topples old King Coal


King Coal may be losing its throne sooner than expected, as the U.S. goes through a change in how it gets the bulk of its electricity.

'Back in the 1980s they probably bitched and moaned about nuclear plants.'

The change is not coming from solar and wind as environmental groups would like to believe, although renewables are growing. The big switch is coming from natural gas produced from fracking shale rock deep underground.

Natural gas is replacing coal as the dominant way Americans receive electricity to power everything from their lights to their iPhones to the big screen televisions. It is cheaper than coal, which is why natural gas power plants are increasing in numbers. But it is also domestically produced, in abundant supply and cleaner than coal, experts say.

Record low prices, in particular, have been driving the use of natural gas.

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