What are the advantages and disadvantages of using coal to generate electricity?



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    The main advantages to using coal as a energy source are the low cost and abundance of the fossil fuel. Some of the disadvantages of coal are that it is not a sustainable resource, it produces more carbon dioxide per unit of energy than any other energy generation method, mining can be destructive to the environment, large quantities of ash are generated in the process, and sulfur, a by-product of coal burning, is the main cause of acid rain.

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