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Top 10 Coal-Burning Countries

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Top 10 Coal-Burning Countries

By Michael Graham Richard, TreeHugger

Total World Coal Consumption in 2008: 7,238,207,000 Short Tons!
When it comes to global warming and air pollution, coal is the number one enemy. We were curious to know which countries burned the most, so we compiled a list of the top 10 coal-burning countries in the world based on the latest statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). We chose not to use per capita numbers because the atmosphere doesn’t care about that; in the end, all that matters is absolute numbers. Do you know which country’s number one? Could you guess most of the list?

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12:00PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

It's ineresting how a lot of industry is moving to China, which doesn't have carbon tax because they're still seen as a developing country. It's all a way to avoid the tax.

7:36PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thank you.

7:36PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thank you.

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting and informative,

7:45AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

"Only when the last tree has been cut down; Only when the last river has been poisoned; Only when the last fish has been caught; Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."
(Native American proverb)

"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not yet learned the simple art of living together as brothers." (Martin Luther King)

11:29AM PDT on May 22, 2011

Would be more interesting if it were by the number of people, or percent of total energy. Thanks anyway.

7:34AM PDT on Apr 17, 2011

Interesting, I think until the full cost of coal or oil is realized upfront instead of just being treated like an externality that renewables will have a hard time gaining large scale use. Costs exist for coal in terms of acid rain, mercury, asthma that are not realized in our power bills. Oil has costs such as military bases in Kuwait that do not show up at the pump. Until we get a better calculation of cost, the products are essentially subsidized.

11:55AM PST on Feb 20, 2011 is interesting, but the alternatives have been greatly ignored in order to substantiate the argument.
For example; in England we are moving quickly towards wind power generated by hundreds of 300ft high 'windmills'. 'Fine' you might say, but what do we do when the wind fails?
What will we do when our nuclear power plants are unable to produce the amount needed for all? We'll back it up from coal-powered plants.
Why don't we use coal from the massive reserves under our feet? (deep coal veins). Because we can buy it cheaper from other countries because it is sold at a much reduced rate by the governments.
Despite all this, you have failed to tell us of the CO2 rates emitted to produce solar panels etc; their cost and reliability, never mind their efficiency.
Please don't push for something without giving us sensible comparisons that we can relate to.
The coal mines were killed in Britain by a government in order to crush Trade Unions. Nothing to do with health or cost.
Were it not for that very reason, we would be using much more coal than we do today. And there would be tens of thousands more people employed than there are now.
You worry about health too much when people don't have the means to buy food. What chances for THEIR good health?

8:28AM PST on Jan 13, 2011

Doesn't take into account the population of these countries. I would like to see how much the top ten would change. The USA and China would probility still land in the top ten but further down on the list.

3:00AM PDT on Aug 15, 2010


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