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Global coal consumption will rise by 2.3 percent through 2018. That's down from last year's projection of 2.6 percent. It's a small change, but there are a lot of changes in the global coal market roiling just underneath the surface.
While the Bay State may not be rich in fossil fuels, some in the state do not want to risk the the drinking water, the climate, or tectonic stability to tap what little shale gas might be hiding under the Berkshires.