Grade level: 4th – 6th grades
Skills: Bar graphs
Related environmental issues: Climate Change
The United States depends on coal for electricity generation. When burned, coal emits carbon dioxide (CO2). Reducing the use of coal helps a lot to reduce CO2 emissions from the nation. The bar graph below shows the amount of electricity the United States generated from burning coal over the last 10 years.
- In what year did the United States generate the largest amount of electricity from coal?
- In what year did the United States generate as much electricity from coal as that in 2011?
- In what year did the United States generate the least amount of electricity from coal?
- How did the amount of electricity generated from coal change since 2009? Explain.
- Do you think the United States could reduce the amount of CO2 emissions since 2009? Why?
Sources: U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2019. Electric Power Monthly, Table 1.1 Net Generation by Energy Source.
Photo: Carbon Tracker
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