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The five largest coal-producing states in the US

In 2016, US coal production slumped to 728 million short tonnes, the lowest annual production since 1979, and an 18.8% year-on-year decline. However, coal production remains a vital element of the world’s energy supply, providing 40% of the world’s electricity. With the US still contributing 13% of the world’s coal, American coal mines can still be profitable and productive despite the rise of natural gas and renewable energy. Here are the five largest coal-producing states in the US.

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