The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which energy editor and analyst Joel South discusses topics around the investing world.
In this edition, Joel talks about the coal industry and the terrible year it has suffered through. With major United States producers like Alpha Natural Resources (NYSE: ANR ) down 80% over the past 52 weeks, it's fair to say the industry has imploded because of cheap alternative fuels, like natural gas, as well as slowing domestic growth and increased discussions on climate change. However, right now some coal companies offer tremendous value, but unlike hindsight, the future is not 20/20. So is it safe to invest in coal now? If you're like so many other savvy investors who are tempted to jump into coal shares, you will need to watch this video and find a few coal companies that will surge if the industry takes off as well as pay outstanding yields in the meantime.
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