Coal Price Index
The coal price index has been rising since 2003, this much is clear. This is likely because of an increase in our need for electricity and because of the economic distress we’ve experienced recently where everyone has felt the need to hike up prices to make up for what they’re losing. But this only partially explains the reason for the coal price index to be rising at such a rate, because the decline of the economy has been going on for quite some time. And also the decline of the economy has been getting a bit better recently so it still doesn’t explain why the coal price index has been on the rise without signs of stopping. Of course there have been moments where the index has been a little wavering, where there have been shown to be small increases here and small decreases there, but nothing this prominent has ever occurred in the entire history of the index since the industrial revolution. This must mean that coal has suddenly become a highly prized economy. Maybe something happened where hydroelectric energy fell through and never recovered for some reason, or maybe wind generated electricity lost stock value for some reason, but what is absolutely crystal clear is that there has been a significant increase in coal prices and we need to figure out why.
If we’re extremely lucky, this is not an indicator that coal is becoming more and more rare though that seems to be the likeliest cause. It is possible that we are simply bleeding coal because of how much we’ve been using it and we haven’t recovered because the need for coal happened to be so significant in 2003 that too much coal was used up. Now until we find a better deposit on the home front (rather than using and relying on deposits in deep Australia) we are stuck with high prices and need to work through them as they are presented now. We will hopefully figure out something in the future in order to sustain the lifestyle we have currently but it is important to take the time I crises like this to reflect and think of better ways to use our energies. We should spend some money in researching alternative energy sources so that when the day finally comes that we do run out of coal or that coal gets too expensive, we will have something to fall back on while we look for even more resources. All we need is a small reserve and we’re good for a little while at least.
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