The U.S. States Most Dependent On Coal Power
Surrounded by company executives and coal miners, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively dismantling his predecessor's clean power plan. Environmentalists were quick to criticize the move, labelling it a dangerous and embarrasing attempt to revive the country's coal industry. Trump's supporters on the other hand welcomed it, believing the order will create thousands of new jobs in the fossil fuels sector.
Opponents are now planning to organize a public campaign as well as pursuing legal options. California and New York have both voiced their opposition (as have many other states), with the their governors jointly saying the president's stance is "profoundly misguided and shockingly ignores basic science".
The following infographic shows the states that are going to welcome the Trump's new executive order with open arms. In 2014, West Virginia generated 96 percent of its electricity from coal, ahead of Kentucky's 92 percent and Wyoming's 87.3 percent. Every single state on the chart voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election.
- Global new coal power capacity additions by key country 2010-2015Global new coal power capacity additions by key country 2010-2015
- Global share of new coal power capacity 2010-2015, by regionGlobal share of new coal power capacity 2010-2015, by region
- Global proposed coal power plants globally 2016, by statusGlobal proposed coal power plants globally 2016, by status
- Total U.S. electricity generation 1950-2015Total U.S. electricity generation 1950-2015
- Global production of hard coal 1993-2015Global production of hard coal 1993-2015
- Global primary coal exports by top countries 2014Global primary coal exports by top countries 2014
- Leading U.S. states by coal production 2015Leading U.S. states by coal production 2015
- Leading U.S. states by coal exports 2015Leading U.S. states by coal exports 2015
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