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NOTHING BUT THE COAL FACTS

The National Coal Association has published a mini-booklet about coal in the US. It includes such nuggets as:

Coal provides 55 percent of the nation's electricity.

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The US has increased domestic coal use by more than 81 percent since 1971. At the same time, however, sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power generation fell 26 percent.

Coal miners make on average about $38,000 a year - not including overtime, bonuses, and benefits.