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Burning Coal, Burning Cash: UCS Report and Quiz


burningcoal-burningcash_coversnapshot.jpgThe Union of Concerned Scientists’ national report spotlights how much money each state spends to import coal from outside its borders (mainly from other states but also internationally), and thus export energy dollars from its local economy.

The top 10 coal-dependent states are identified based on six different measures of coal-import dependence, including:
(1) the most spent on total imports;
(2) the greatest quantity of imports;
(3) the highest import costs per capita;
(4) the highest import costs per gross state product; and
(5) the highest import costs as a share of electricity consumed.

Four of the top ten most coal-dependent states (based on expenditures on net coal imports) are in the Southeast (Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee.) Georgia ranks in the top 10 in all categories—the only state to do so. South Carolina ranks 11th.

The report also reveals the billions of dollars per year spent on coal imports, all of which worsens our trade imbalance. On the flip side, the report discusses why it would be better to keep those dollars in-state by investing in energy efficiency and local renewable energy.

Click the image to see the infographic and take a short quiz!


Click here to download the report, and check out our blog on the report here. You can also read a blog on updated 2012 import numbers for Alabama here.

Listen to our webinar on the findings of the report with UCS expert, Barbara Freese.