Just how endangered is coal? These five numbers, whether you’re pro-coal or anti-coal, demonstrate just how much the industry has/is declined/declining.
1. In 2010, 44% of America’s electricity came from Coal. Today, only 30% does.
2. In 2003, there were 629 coal-fired power plants in the US. Today there are 323 operating with no plans to be retired.
Source: EIA/Sierra Club
3. The Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign claims its responsible for 200 of those closures.
Source: Sierra Club
4. For the past five years, a coal powered plant has closed every 10 days.
Source: Politico, “Inside The War on Coal”
5. In 2008, West Virginia produced 258 million tons of coal. By 2035, we’ll produce only 96 million tons.
Source: Research from WVU
6. In 1948 there were 131,700 miners in West Virginia. Today there are less than 18,000.