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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Pros Cons Coal is one of the world's most plentiful energysources. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas, Texas, the United States has 25 percent of the world's known coal reserves.

 Compared with other energy sources, such asoil and natural gas, coal is inexpensive, which free market policy analysts and coal industry lobbyists say will mean lower energy bills for consumers and businesses.

 Coal is not only burned directly, but it canalso be transformed into liquid or gas form. Proponents claim that liquefied orgasified coal burns cleaner, meaning lessair pollution.

 Coal-fired power plants are a major source of air pollution, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. Environmentalists also claim coal burning contributes to acid rain and releases large amounts of carbon dioxide, which contributes to global warming.

 Air pollution from coal-burning poses a healthhazard, especially for individuals with respiratory diseases, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.

 Like other fossil fuels, coal is a nonrenewable energy source. Environmentalists, conservationists, and other opponents of coal use advocate cleaner, renewable energy sources, such as wind power. Is a mixture of pollutants, but is primarilymade up of ground level ozone. Breathingin smoggy air can be hazardous, because smog contains ozone Smog Is a mixture of wet and drydeposition from the atmosphere containinghigher than normal amounts of Nitricand Sulfuric acid. Causes acidification of lakes and streams. Acid Rain Widespread increase in the Earths temperature, caused by depletion in the ozone. Global Warming Is a threat to the long-term survival of Americas wildlife. Global Warming The Ozone The ozone layer protects all life fromthe sons harmful radiation, although human activities have damaged this shield.Increases in solar UV radiation will affectterrestial and aquatic chemical cycles. Coal There is not an unlimited supply of coal. The Earth is an island and over time, the Earth will eventually run out of its supply of coal. Coal creates 44% of our electricity and is the singlebiggest air polluter in the US. In the US, 472 billion tons of coal exists. In the US, about 1 million tons of coal are used for electricity every year. Today, coal is used to generate ½ of the electricity that is used in the US Quick Facts
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