hard coal

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Recent Examples on the Web Though Germany is pushing toward a greener future, and closed its last hard coal mine in 2018, lignite mines will remain open until 2038. Wired, "The Acid Sludge Streaming Out of Germany's Coal Mines," 23 Oct. 2019 While about 22 percent of Germany's electricity still comes from burning lignite — and a further 12 percent from hard coal — some 33 percent is now generated using renewable energy. Fox News, "How Germany is turning wasteland into vast lakeside resorts," 14 June 2018 While about 22 percent of Germany’s electricity still comes from burning lignite — and a further 12 percent from hard coal — some 33 percent is now generated using renewable energy. Washington Post, "How Germany is turning wasteland into vast lakeside resorts," 14 June 2018 About 97% of the oil, 88% of the natural gas and 87% of the hard coal Germans consume are imported. Isaac Orr, WSJ, "Germany Should Say Danke for U.S. Oil," 17 July 2017

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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“Hard coal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard%20coal. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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