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posted on 08 May 2017

The U.S. States Most Dependent On Coal Power


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Surrounded by company executives and coal miners, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order effectively dismantling his predecessor's clean power plan.

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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.

This chart shows the share of electricity from coal generation in U.S. states in 2014.

Infographic: The U.S. States Most Dependent On Coal Power | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista.

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