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Wasn't charcoal still used as a cheaper energy source than coal back then?

Anyhow about the industrial age, I found this on the CIDA forestry advisers network website:

Meanwhile, back in Europe, the arrival of the Industrial Revolution put tremendous pressure on the remaining forests to supply fuel for the smelters and foundries of the new industries. Before the end of the 19th century, most of the Europe's ancient forests were only distant memories.
by Alex in Toulouse on Thu Jan 26th, 2006 at 12:47:24 PM EST
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