The EIA (Environment Information Agency) estimates that every quad of electric energy consumed in the U.S. results in approximately 59 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. This is the equivalent to approximately ten semi-trucks or 118,000 pounds.
The U.S. constitutes the world’s largest market for power equipment, containing roughly 20 percent of the worlds installed capacity and consuming around 17 percent of the world’s electricity.
According to the Clean Air Task Force, some of the toxic pollutants released during coal burning can cause cancer, nervous and immune system damage, and impair reproduction and normal childhood development.
Mining can cause permanent agricultural destruction and leave hills desolate, and unable to support a healthy ecosystem.
Coal burning is the largest source of human generated mercury pollution in the United States.
Mercury pollution can not only harm fish, but can poison humans who eat fish contaminated with mercury.