The coal industry is in \u0022freefall\u0022 worldwide, the latest annual survey from environmental groups Sierra Club, Greenpeace, and CoalSwarm finds.\u0022The staggering uptick in clean energy and reduction in the new coal plant pipeline is even more proof that coal isn\u0026#039;t just bad for public health and the environment—it\u0026#039;s bad for the bottom line,\u0022 said Nicole Ghio, senior campaigner for the Sierra Club\u0026#039;s International Climate and Energy Campaign, in a statement. \u0022Markets are demanding clean energy, and no amount of rhetoric from [President] Donald Trump will be able to stop the fall of coal in the U.S. and across the globe.\u0022The report (pdf) published Wednesday examined proposed and existing coal projects around the globe, discovering a huge drop \u0022in all stages of coal plant development, including pre-construction planning, construction starts, and in-progress construction.\u0022According to the survey, new construction and coal plant permits in China and India have sharply dropped off, while aging coal plants were retired across the U.S. and Europe. (The U.S. saw its 250th coal plant retirement on Monday.)\u0022This has been a messy year, and an unusual one,\u0022 said Ted Nace, director of CoalSwarm, in a statement. \u0022It\u0026#039;s not normal to see construction frozen at scores of locations, but central authorities in China and bankers in India have come to recognize overbuilding of coal plants is a major waste of resources. However abrupt, the shift from fossil fuels to clean sources in the power sector is a positive one for health, climate security, and jobs. And by all indications, the shift is unstoppable.\u0022\u00222016 marked a veritable turning point,\u0022 said Lauri Myllyvirta, senior global campaigner on Coal and Air Pollution at Greenpeace. \u0022China all but stopped new coal projects after astonishing clean energy growth has made new coal-fired power plants redundant, with all additional power needs covered from non-fossil sources since 2013. Closures of old coal plants drove major emission reductions especially in the U.S. and U.K., while Belgium and Ontario became entirely coal-free and three G8 countries announced deadlines for coal phase-outs.\u0022The decline of coal has been felt for decades in places like rural West Virginia, and while Trump campaigned on a promise to revive the industry, the survey shows that its decline may be inevitable—while the market share of renewable energy, and potential for sustainable jobs in that sector, continues to rise.