How much has the U.S. coal industry been threatened by the COVID-19?

Grade level: 5th – 6th grades

Skills: Percent increase/decrease

Related environmental issues: Energy

A wide range of industries has been threatened by the COVID-19 outbreak and the U.S. COAL industry is no exception. 

The bar graph below shows coal consumption in the U.S.  

By about what percent did coal consumption decrease from Q2 2019 to Q2 2020?  

  1. 40%
  2. 50%
  3. 60%

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook October 2020

Answer 1

[Percent decrease]

(110 – 180 )/180 = – 38.89 = 40% decrease


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