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This Chart Shows How Much CO2 The U.S. Emits From Coal

We're not as bad as China, but we're still pretty bad


Consuming coal, like other non-renewable resources, leads to a lot more carbon dioxide in the air. Today, the White House announced a new coal emissions policy, which will aim to reduce carbon emission from coal plants by 30 percent by 2030.

Take a look at how United States CO2 emissions from coal stacks up next to the rest of the top 10 coal-based polluters.

Though we're second to China, which accounts for a whopping 50 percent of the total global CO2 emissions from coal consumption, the United States still contributes a substantial amount of carbon dioxide from coal use, accounting for 13 percent of the global total.

See how the United States compares to other countries in the consumption (and production) of other non-renewable resources here.