Coal In Canada
It is a well-known fact that coal is one of the most used sources of energy and electricity in the world. Of course, most of the people are also likely to know that the storage of coal is not equally parceled out on the planet. For example, there are counties which are extremely abundant of coal (such as Canada, the United States and Russia) and others do not have any storage. Yes, it sounds unfair but it is the truth which needs to be accepted.
But when talking about Canada, one of the first associations a person usually comes up with is exactly the word ‘coal’. Yes, coal in Canada has definitely made the country famous throughout the world. Maybe, you will find it difficult to believe but 5 billion loonies of coal are obtained every year. Can you at least imagine how much that is? According to the calculations, the coal in Canada contributes to the national budget (around 1% of it). The percentage may seem very small to some of you but if you take into the consideration the fact that the Canadian budget is around 1 trillion dollars per year, you will find out that 10 billions dollars are involved thanks to the coal. It does not sound so little now, does it?
Of course, that’s not the only positive aspect of the super large storages of coal in Canada. Did you think about all the people working in the field? According to the last statistics, 250.000 people are occupied in the area of coal obtaining, processing and selling. That certainly is a serious advantage as it is considered to be the main reason why the unemployment in Canada remained low, even after the world was hit by one of the most serious crises.
That is pretty much what you had to know about the coal in Canada. Just do not forget that the country does not benefit from exporting the coal only but from the ease to keep low the percentage of unemployment and to provide its citizens with coal at one of the cheapest rates of cost in the world. That makes it unsurprising that 80% of the Canadians prefer using coal for heating purposes. And the percentage of electricity produced in coal fire plants in Canada is as much as 90%. That’s really a lot, even if compared to the countries in South Africa (it’s around 70% there).
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