I agree. The price of coal is more subject to the cost of transporting it (gas/diesel) than it is to politics (taxes/regulations).
Nonetheless I would not be shocked if some politician became irritated that people are able to heat their homes cheaply and off the grid ( no electric needed for hand fired), and decided some type of incentive to go to a more green alternative was needed.
Probably not though. I think we are under the radar for at least several more years.
steamup wrote:The political forces are going after powerplants, mountain top mining, etc. mainly to due with Bit Coal. However, the Marcellus and Utica shale gas deposits have done more damage to the coal industry. Cheap gas has utilities changing to natural gas for generation and idling the coal plants.
Anthracite will plug along in my opinion, subject to diesel fuel prices and demand for steel production.