Study: Global coal appetite to grow until 2018

| Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Despite serious concerns over environmental impact, appetite for coal around the world will continue to grow through 2018, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.

Efforts in China to rein in coal dependency will push down the pace of growth to 2.3 percent a year, the report said. That's down from yearly growth of 3.4 percent between 2007 and 2012.

“Like it or not, coal is here to stay for a long time to come,” said Maria van der Hoeven, the agency's executive director. “Coal is abundant and geopolitically secure, and coal-fired plants are easily integrated into existing power systems.”

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