In a bit more than 15 little years, the entire world may face declining coal production. This was the subject of a post on The Oil Drum. This is a huge problem as to date it accounts for 41 percent of the world’s electricity (IEA 2010).
” World coal production is dominated by China. China’s coal production is projected to peak in 2027 with a peak production level of 5.1 billion tons. World (excluding China)’s coal production is projected to peak in 2027.“
This is not entirely new as I wrote a post two years ago stating that peak coal could occur as early as 2025. What are we waiting for to push efficiency and alternatives ? China is doing it already, but will it be enough ?