US Steel Industry Dependent on Russian Anthracite Coal
Sputnik reported that US Secretary of State Mr Antony Blinken during a US House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing said that it is news to him that cheap anthracite coal from Russia allegedly undermines the United States' domestic supply and creates a national security threat for the steel industry. When Congressman Mr Dan Meuser asked him whether he was aware that 90% of anthracite coal used in the US steel industry comes from Russia, he said “No, I have to acknowledge this is news to me, not something I focused on and I very much appreciate you bring it to my attention.”
Congressman Mr Meuser described the situation with the coal supply in the United States as a threat to national security. He said “Over the past five years Pennsylvania anthracite production shrunk by 20% while the total sales of Russia anthracite increased from 6 million tones in 2016 to 22 million tones in 2020, or 12 times higher than the domestic usage in the United States. I am concerned Russia is attempting to undermine our domestic supply which creates a national security, as well as a threat to our economy, that does in fact need our attention.”
The congressman also called upon Blinken to look closer into the matter of allegedly very questionable and illegal dumping of Russian anthracite in the United States.