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Production and Value of Coal in Virginia, 1980-2006

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Coal is predominently found in Virginia's mountain regions, particularly in Southwestern Virginia. Coal mining has become a controversial issue, due to both environmental and economic concerns. While some point to the harmful effects of both coal mining and the carbon emissions from burning coal, others point out that coal may be cheaper than many other energy sources. Coal also provides jobs to people in coal-mining regions.

These graphs document the production and value of coal in Virginia over a 26 year period. What changes have taken place over this time period? How might this affect Virginia's economy?

Other sources on this website discuss Governor Kaine's energy plan for Virginia. Can you find those sources? What role does coal play in future plans for energy in Virginia?

Source: Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, "Production and Value of Coal in Virginia, 1980-2006," VDMME (accessed October 15, 2008).

How to Cite This Source
Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, "Production and Value of Coal in Virginia, 1980-2006," in Virginia Civics, Item #7, http://vagovernmentmatters.org/primary-sources/7 (accessed September 22, 2017).
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