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Monday, July 16, 2012

Wilbur Ross: U.S. Coal Is Facing Many Years Of Headwinds

Wilbur Ross: U.S. Coal Is Facing Many Years Of Headwinds

Billionaire Wilbur Ross, who built a company from distressed U.S. coal assets and sold it last year for $3.4 billion, says the industry’s current slump differs from earlier setbacks and may last for years because of the shale-gas boom.
A combination of cheaper natural gas, environmental regulations and a mild winter has spurred the closure of mines and the loss of thousands of mining jobs in the U.S. Domestic demand is at a 24-year low and the fuel has lost its status as the leading source of electricity, with gas accounting for the same share for the first time in at least four decades.

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