Bill Gates Can Save the Planet With Advanced Nuclear Reactor
Author: Robert Zapesochny
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the number of coal miners peaked in 1923 at 862,536 coal miners. By the end of 2022, there were approximately 38,300 coal miners. In one century, the number of coal miners has dropped by 95%. Despite the collapsing numbers in workers, the production of coal peaked in 2008 at 1.17 million short tons. In the last decade, the production of coal has fallen by more than half. In 2021, the United States produced only 577.4 thousand short tons of coal. The United States has no shortage of coal. Innovative companies have helped us develop a viable set of alternatives. By 2021, the United States produced 4.12 trillion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity. In 2021, 38% of our electricity was natural gas compared to 22% for coal. The amount of electricity from coal declined from just over 2 trillion kWh in 2007 to 899 billion kWh in 2021. In the same period, our electricity generated from natural gas had doubled from 897 billion kWh in 2007 to 1.575 trillion kWh in 2021. Electricity from renewables had also doubled 353 billion kWh in 2007 to 826 billion kWh hours in 2021. Unfortunately, electricity from nuclear power had declined slightly from 806 billion kWh in 2007 to 778 billion kWh. According to the Department of Energy, the world had 1.16 billion short tons of proven recoverable coal reserves in December 2021. The United States led the world with 22% of those recoverable reserves followed by Russia (15%), Australia (14%), China (14%), and India (11%).