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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.
Thanks to technological advances in the extracting process, U.S. crude oil production is up and imports are down. Experts vary in opinion as to whether this is a short-term phenomenon or a long-term trend.