Age of King Coal Must End, R.I.P.
There is no, and can never be, such a thing as “Clean Coal” [search]. Widespread burying of CO2 which is the basis for “Clean Coal” claims is an industry PR lie that is decades away, if it even ever becomes reality. The truth of the matter is China is burning coal – imports up 51% from Australia in one year – like there is no tomorrow, seriously increasing the likelihood there will not be. The U.S. coal industry is in a mad rush to build some 150 new plants before mandatory carbon caps, carbon taxes or carbon sequestration are put in place. Coal ignited the industrial revolution – accounting for about 60% of human released carbon dioxide to date – and as noted earlier the logical consequence of continuing to burn the 3500 gigatonnes of carbon found in the world's remaining coal reserves will prove deadly. If the world's remaining coal is burned, the planet would be several times past the concentration of carbon dioxide considered able to be adapted to safely. Each of the hundreds of new plants being built by China and the U.S. are without the latest commercially untested carbon sequestration technologies and will spew carbon dioxide directly into the atmosphere for at least 50 years. In the world of nine billion consumers to come, with the condition of the atmosphere in such tatters, the majority of the world's filthy coal reserves must be left in the ground as we transition exclusively to clean renewable energy alternatives. Thankfully, wherever new coal plants are planned protests are emerging [search] including ending bank's coal financing. King Coal, R.I.P., or the Earth and civilization die. Take action as our Australian “Leave the Coal in the Ground” campaign continues.