Did you know?

The U.S. produces about 1 billion tons of coal annually, a little less than 12% of the world’s supply—second only to China.

Coal generates about 40 percent of the electricity in the United States.

Each person in the United States uses 3 tons of coal each year.

Nine out of ten tons
of coal in the U.S. are used to generate electricity.

  • More than 2.4 million acres of mined land have been reclaimed over the past 25 years—that’s an area larger than the state of Delaware.
  • The United States has about a 235-year supply of coal, if it continues using coal at the same rate at which it uses coal today.
  • Montana is the state with the most coal reserves (119 billion tons). But Wyoming is the top coal-producing state—it produced over 400 million tons in 2012.
  • Texas is the top coal-consuming state. It uses about 100 million tons each year.
  • The average coal miner is 45 years old and has 16 years of experience.
  • Coal ash, a byproduct of coal combustion, is used as filler for tennis rackets, golf balls, and linoleum.
  • U.S. coal deposits contain more energy than that of all the world’s conventional oil reserves.

Source: National Mining Association

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