According to Greenpeace, coal-fired power plants contribute 88% of carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). In addition, 96% of sulfur dioxide emissions (SO2), 93% of nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx), and 99% of mercury
emissions are also produced. Compared to other sources of energy, coal emits 29% more carbon per unit of energy than oil, and 80% more than natural gas.
Individual plants will emit more or less CO2 depending on their size and efficiency. The United States has the highest carbon emissions in the world, emitting 2.79 billion tons a year from electrical production, followed by China at 2.66 billion tons. In terms of per capita emissions, Australia leads the world (http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/06/18/1087245110190.html). According to some recent estimates, China has surpassed the US in terms of total emissions, but they also are creating more efficient coal plants.
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