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Coal Power

Map No. 113

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Of all sources, the most electricity is generated from coal. The United States, China and India generate the most coal electricity. In total, North American territories generate three times more electricity from coal than the total for territories in any other region. The United States makes up 93% of the North American total.

The most coal generated electricity per person is in Australia - a large territory with a low population density. Electricity generation in Australia is 3000 times more per person than in the territory with the lowest coal electricity generation: the United Republic of Tanzania. Of the 200 territories, there is no electricity generation from coal in 71.

“This island is made mainly of coal and surrounded by fish. Only an organising genius could produce a shortage of coal and fish at the same time.” Aneurin Bevan [referring to the United Kingdom], 1945

Territory size shows the proportion of the worldwide electricity generated from coal generated there.

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