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In this segment of the The Motley Fool's "Ask a Fool" series, we take a question from a Foolish reader who asks, "What are your thoughts on Coal? Is it a good investment?" Energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman look into the global coal industry and discuss areas to stay away from and also a few developments investors need to watch to gauge the long-term viability of the coking coal industry.    

This segment is from Thursday's edition of "Digging for Value," in which sector analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss energy and materials news with host Alison Southwick. The twice-weekly show can be viewed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It can also be found on Twitter, along with our extended coverage of the energy and materials sectors @TMFEnergy.

Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. Taylor Muckerman owns shares of CONSOL Energy. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.