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How much do you know about coal and climate change?

1.  Since 1978 (when the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration started counting) the number of jobs in America’s coal industry has declined by around _____.

a.   25%                                                                                        b.   50%    
c.   75%                                                                                        d.   almost 100%


2.  Since 1978 the amount of coal produced in the United States

 a.  has declined around 25%                                                     b.  has declined around 50%
 c.  has stayed relatively the same                                             d.  has increased almost 50%


3.  In 1950, the average coal miner produced .76 short tons in one hour.  By 2010 (sixty years later), the average coal miner was how much more productive?

 a.  around 50% more productive  (1.1 short tons/hour)
 b.  twice as productive (1.5 short tons/hour)
 c.  four times as productive (3.2 short tons/hour)
 d.  over 7 times more productive (5.6 short ton/hour)


4.  From January through June of 2014 (the most recent data available), which country imported the most coal from the United States?

 a.  Brazil                                                                                     b.  Germany
 c.  Netherlands                                                                           d.  China


5.  Who said the following during the 2008 presidential campaign:  "It doesn't matter whether we call it 'climate change' or 'global warming.’ Among environmental dangers it is surely the most serious of all."  (Hint: this candidate then proposed a cap-and-trade plan for carbon emissions.)

 a.  Republican John McCain                                                      b.  Republican Mitt Romney
 c.  Democrat Barack Obama                                                     d.  Democrat Hillary Clinton


6.  According to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, what fraction of Americans now support new EPA rules limiting carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

a.  1/4 of all Americans                                                                 b.  1/3 of all Americans
c.  1/2 of all Americans                                                                 d.  2/3 of all Americans


7.  A majority of which party (Democratic or Republican) supports state level limits on greenhouse gas emissions?

a.  Democratic     
b.  Republican  
c.  actually, a majority of both parties support limits
d.  actually, in neither party is there a majority which support limits


8.  In a Washington Post-ABC news poll people were asked whether we should go forward with limits that significantly lowered green gas emissions even if they "raised your monthly energy expenses by 20 dollars a month." In which party does a majority support lowered emissions even if their energy bill goes up?

a.  Democratic     
b.  Republican  
c.  actually, a majority of both parties support limits even if energy expenses go up by $20 a month
d.  actually, in neither party is there a majority which support limits


9.  The citizens of which country in the world most agree with this statement:  The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity?

a.  China                                                                                         b.  India    
c.  Sweden                                                                                      d.  United States


10.  The citizens of which country in the world most disagree with this statement:  The climate change we are currently seeing is largely the result of human activity?

a.  China                                                                                          b.  India    
c.  Sweden                                                                                       d.  United States



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