Missouri among highest coal importers

Thirty-seven states were net importers of coal in 2012, sending billions of dollars to other states and nations for coal — money that could have instead been used to support local economies, according to a new report.

Missouri is ranked fourth among state most dependent on imported coal to generate power following Texas, North Carolina and Georgia.


The Union of Concerned Scientists makes the case by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, states can reduce their coal imports, protect consumers, improve public health, and decrease the global warming emissions from coal-fired power plants.

Download the national report.