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U.S. Coal Producers and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, 2020

CO2 Emissions Generated by Coal from U.S. Corporations

As part of PERI’s ongoing Greenhouse Gas 100 project documenting how major U.S. corporations contribute to the climate crisis, PERI researchers Michael Ash, James Boyce and Rich Puchalsky have produced a new data set showing how much CO2 is released when the coal mined and sold by U.S. companies is burned. They find that, for 2020, the largest U.S. coal corporations include Peabody Energy, Arch Resources, and Invesco. All large U.S. coal producers, in combination, produced coal that generated about 900 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, nearly 20 percent of overall U.S. emissions for 2020. 

>> View "CO2 Emissions from Coal: Top 30 Coal Mining Companies, 2020" table

PERI is extending its long-standing Greenhouse 100 project by adding information on suppliers of fossil fuels and how much CO2 is released when their fuel is burned. As a first step, PERI has assembled data on U.S. coal mine production for the year 2020 along with the ultimate parent companies that own each coal mine as of May 2022.

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