U.S., China Determine Fate of Climate
The United States and China are deciding the global climate's fate as they meet energy demands by constructing coal-fired electricity plants that will release billions of tons of carbon dioxide. China alone is building at least one dirty coal plant a week. The coal industry's massive PR machine would have you believe that coal is becoming a clean energy source, which is the lie that may destroy the Earth's atmospheric system. While progress has been achieved in removing other pollutants from coal emissions, not so for carbon dioxide. Plans to bury carbon are unproven and decades from large scale implementation. The article notes that essential policies such as carbon taxes and energy efficiency sometimes fail on a cost-benefit analysis. But climate change – in its potential to devastate whole societies – is a moral issue as well.