Roughly half of the electricity generated in the United States still comes from burning coal in power plants. While touted as cheap energy, coal exacts a price far higher than what we pay in utility bills. Burning coal for electricity produces 34 percent of global warming pollution in the United States, releases harmful toxic pollution into our air and water and prevents us from building a clean energy future. Launch the interactive feature to learn more about pollution from coal plants.
Despite these and other impacts, the coal power industry still wants to build new coal-fired power plants, even though cleaner, safer alternatives exist. Earthjustice is working to break our addiction to coal in order to create a level playing field for a clean, renewable energy future.