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An Abundance of Coal

Created on December 5, 2013

An Abundance of Coal

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An Abundance of Coal

The U.S. has enough coal to power the country for 513 years at current consumption rates. Montana, Illinois, and Wisconsin have the most coal, 283 years’ worth, or 55 percent of the U.S. total. Each block represents one year of electricity for the entire U.S. generated from coal

Keywords: coal, electricity, generation, power, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Wyoming, West Virginia, Wisconsin, llinois, Montana

Sources: Heritage Foundation calculations based on data from National Mining Association, U.S. Coal Reserves by State and Type, 2011, http://www.nma.org/pdf/c_reserves.pdf (accessed November 17, 2013); and U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Energy Information Administration, “State Electricity Profiles 2010,” January 27, 2013, http://www.eia.gov/electricity/ state/pdf/sep2010.pdf (accessed November 17, 2013).

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Article ID: EPA-regulation-coal-2013