The main disadvantage of coal mining is that it is very hazardous to the health of the people involved in mining, while also having serious negative effects on the environment. Another disadvantage of coal mining is that... More »

Coal mining affects the environment in several ways: underground coal mining introduces toxins such as methane gas into waterways and the atmosphere, and surface coal mining contributes to deforestation and erosion. Coal... More »

The largest coal-mining companies in the United States, as of 2013, were the Peabody Energy Corporation, Arch Coal, Alpha Natural Resources and Cloud Peak Energy. Together they produce approximately half the coal mined i... More »

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One of the advantages of offshore drilling is that it increases domestic oil production, while a disadvantage is the effect it has on the environment. While it has its positives, there are also definite negatives to offs... More »

The advantages of solar power include the energy independence it bestows on its users, quiet energy production, the lack of negative effects on the environment, and its overall cost. On the other hand, the high initial c... More »

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Advantages of surface mining include economic and financial benefits for miners and communities and a safer alternative to pit mining, but its disadvantages include environmental impacts, such as erosion and contaminatio... More »

While using wood for energy to heat a home has a romantic association for many people, it is an inconvenient energy source. Most wood heat requires humans to bring in firewood, monitor the fire and add more fuel on a reg... More »