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Top 10 US States that Produce the Most Coal

Can you name the US states that mine the most coal?
For fun, we also give you Trump's margin of victory over Clinton
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Last updated: December 26, 2019
First submittedApril 12, 2017
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Tons Mined
Trump Margin
State
304,118
45.7%
Wyoming
95,365
42.1%
West Virginia
49,883
0.7%
Pennsylvania
49,563
-17.1%
Illinois
39,567
29.8%
Kentucky
38,610
20.4%
Montana
34,598
18.9%
Indiana
29,643
35.7%
North Dakota
24,823
9.0%
Texas
14,783
27.7%
Alabama
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level 64
Apr 12, 2017
These numbers will probably be quite smaller as the US moves from coal to alternative fuel sources.
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level 67
Jun 11, 2017
If Trump has his way these numbers will go way up.
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level 61
Sep 7, 2019
Sweet! Maybe we bring asbestos back too
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level 64
Dec 26, 2019
Interestingly, the numbers have gone up for most of these states. Ohio dropped out of the top ten
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level 77
Apr 13, 2017
Those margin numbers shouldn't be surprising. Hillary wanted to kill coal jobs.
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level ∞
Apr 13, 2017
I think its probably more complicated then that, but she probably should have given coal some lip service. In the end it doesn't matter. Its not like Clinton, Trump, or anyone else can save coal. It's already economically infeasible to build new coal plants, and within a generation it won't make sense to operate existing ones either.
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level 65
Apr 23, 2017
The world is moving on from coal. It's market forces, not any one person. Quit your complaining, snowflake.
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level 65
Jun 11, 2017
The depletion of coal is killing coal jobs.
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level 70
Jun 12, 2017
As the depletion of the horse and carriage killed carriage-making jobs.
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level 54
Jun 20, 2017
huh? coal is non-renewable, horses and carriages are renewable this isn't really comparable
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level 81
Apr 17, 2017
Trying to understand the inclusion of the Trump statistics here. I'm no fan, but it's distracting and not relevant to the quiz at all. JetPunk would get very tiresome indeed if quizzes started having extra stuff like this.
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level 65
Apr 23, 2017
Did you miss the part where Trump spent his entire campaign promising to revive the coal industry (as if that's within a president's powers)?
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level 57
Jun 11, 2017
Makes sense since he was campaigning against someone who stated her goal would be to "put coal miners out of business". Those kinds of comments speak pretty clearly to blue collar folks who've never gotten a paycheck from anywhere but the coal business - for generations.
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level 58
Jun 12, 2017
Did you miss the part where that absolutely wasn't the case at all?
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level 71
Dec 28, 2019
Here's what she said. In the context of her speech, I think she meant that her plans to focus on renewable energies will help coal miners, who will be put out of business anyway. Incredibly bad wording, though.
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level 61
Jun 11, 2017
^ Ditto on this dude + it helps you guess.
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level 59
Jun 11, 2017
I was able to exclude all the states that went to Clinton after I got the one blue state, so it was helpful to me.
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level 38
Jun 11, 2017
*Sees how much won over Hillary* TRIGGERED
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level 64
Jun 11, 2017
^Funniest comment I've seen in a while.
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level 57
Jun 11, 2017
^`Agreed.
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level 52
Jun 12, 2017
Hillary still won the popular vote. TRIGGERED
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level 68
Jun 11, 2017
I am not American, but am I not correct in thinking that the majority of voters in the USA put President Trump in power by a democratic election? Yet the people that voted against Trump (for Clinton) are the loudest in complaining about the result and do they not envisage that every knife thrown at Trump is a flower in the garden of the USA's biggest enemies.
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level 47
Jun 11, 2017
You're exactly right
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level 76
Jun 14, 2017
If by "exactly right," you mean mostly wrong, then I couldn't agree more.
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level 45
Mar 18, 2019
It was the exact opposite of that
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level 57
Jun 11, 2017
I am an American, and you are not correct. A majority of the voters voted against Trump. American presidential elections are not strictly democratic.
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level 57
Jun 11, 2017
snix is correct. The American electoral system is designed to make sure that the voters in large cities can't consistently silence the votes of the very large minority who don't live in large cities. If you win some large cities and most of the rural areas, you win in a landslide, even if NewYorkers and Los Angelinos voted against you en masse.
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level 58
Jun 12, 2017
The majority of voters also voted against Hillary Clinton, too.
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level 60
Jun 13, 2017
The electoral college has nothing to do with cities vs. rural areas. NYC barely had over 30,000 people living in it when the Constitution was written (and the EC designed). Cities were tiny back then and no one in the 1780s could have envisioned that NYC would 200 years later have 8 million residents. It was a compromise to offset the votes of large states like Virginia, NY, Massachusetts with small states like Delaware, Rhode Island.
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level 77
Jun 12, 2017
1. 40% of eligible voters in the United States didn't even vote in the last election.
2. Counting those who did, Trump lost by over 3 million votes.
3. The biggest enemy of the United States currently in Trump himself. Runners up would be anyone who claims that cherished American values such as free speech, criticism of elected officials, speaking truth to power, and a healthy opposition are somehow detrimental to the country.
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level 80
Jun 11, 2017
Alabama is going to have to rewrite their song. "Hello Wy-o-ming coal miner, let me thank you for your time..."
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level 44
Jun 11, 2017
Got them all after a lot of guessing with 11 seconds left, phew xD
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level 74
Jun 12, 2017
There should be some comment in there to indicate that each of those numbers is actually MILLIONS of tons, not hundred thousands.
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level ∞
Jun 12, 2017
The source I used is listed. If you disagree, post your source.
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level 53
Feb 19, 2019
Our citizens are overweight, but saying it is millions of tons is too far.
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level 61
Jun 12, 2017
Fun quiz. Not sure why the political reference needed to be included by the quiz creator.
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level 64
Jun 12, 2017
*By the Quizmaster. Just to make that clear, I did not add that, when the Quizmaster featured it, he decided to add it.
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level 45
Nov 11, 2019
I love how all of those states that went red at the 2016 election have mined more coals than in the Obama period but Illinois is the except opposite.
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level 69
Dec 26, 2019
I bet most people think that coal is only used for generating electricity. Well, coal is also used to make coke, which is used to make steel. Activated carbon is used for water filter, air filters, kidney dialysis. Did you ever hear of carbon fiber ? Guess what is used to make it. Coal or coal by-products are used to make components for soap, aspirins, solvents, dyes, plastics and fibers, such as rayon and nylon.
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level 65
Dec 26, 2019
Though in mid-term future, most of these things will be probably made by power-to-X fuelled by solar power. Then a couple of small coal mines may be enough to supply the few remaining coal-based products for the global market. I am pretty sure that by 2100 people will consider coal burning as primitive as we today consider horse riding for long distance travel