Ban Coal, Save the Earth
I have recently described “the myth of 'Clean Coal' as “pernicious nonsense”; noting coal carbon sequestration [search] technologies are unproven and being used to delay coal plant bans, and that if the world's coal reserves of 3500 gigatonne of carbon are burnt “the planet will be several times past the concentration of carbon dioxide considered able to be adapted to safely.” Well there is finally some good news in EcoInternet's campaign to “Keep the Coal in the Ground“. NASA scientist James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, today “called for the United States to stop building coal-fired power plants and eventually bulldoze older generators that don't capture and bury greenhouse gases.” Meanwhile, TXU, a massive Texas-based utility planning to build 11 new coal plants, is likely to be bought by an equity group that promises to environmentalists to cancel much of their planned coal expansion. In response to intensifying grassroots anti-coal protests, the private-equity firms Texas Pacific Group and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts have agreed as part of the purchase to stop plans to build eight of the eleven new coal-fired power plants, not to propose new coal-fired plants outside Texas and to support mandatory national caps on emissions linked to global warming [more]. There is NO future for coal in post-industrial energy policy adequate to stabilize the global climate within inhabitable parameters.