Academic journal article Social Education

Coal: A Fuel to Be Reckoned With

Academic journal article Social Education

Coal: A Fuel to Be Reckoned With

Article excerpt

If you think of coal as a fuel of the past--a fuel for railroad steam engines and old basement furnaces--well, think again. Coal is very much a part of the energy we use today and will need tomorrow. This fact presents both opportunities and problems for consumers and citizens.

Make your best guess in answering these questions, and then check against the answers on page 13. Visit the websites listed below to learn more.

1. Today, coal generates about--% of the electricity produced by power plants in the United States.

a) 50 b) 90 c) 25 d) 10

2. The nation with the largest known coal reserves is --.

a) Saudi Arabia

b) Brazil

c) The United States

d) Russia

3. The burning of coal creates about--% of the carbon dioxide pollution in the United States today. (C[O.sub.2] is the main greenhouse gas linked with global warming).

a) 7 b) 37 c) 57 d) 87

4. In 2005,--people died in coal mine accidents in the United States. (In the early 1900s, there were nearly 3,000 deaths per year!)

a) 2 b) 12 c) 22 d) 122

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