Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis

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Coal fuels about 50 percent of US electricity production and provides a quarter of the country's total energy. China and India's ferocious economic growth is based almost entirely on coal-generated electricity.

Coal currently looks like a solution to many of our fast-growing energy problems. However, while coal advocates are urging full steam ahead, increasing reliance on the dirtiest of all fossil fuels has crucial implications for the global climate, energy policy, the world economy, and geopolitics.

Drawbacks to a coal-based energy strategy include:

Scarcity - new studies suggest that the peak of world coal production may actually be less than two decades away. Cost - the quality of produced coal is declining, while the expense of transport is rising, leading to spiraling costs and increasing shortages. Climate impacts-our ability to deal with the historic challenge of climate change will hinge on reducing our coal consumption in future years.

Blackout goes to the heart of the tough energy questions that will dominate every sphere of public policy throughout the first half of this century, and is a must-read for planners, educators, and anyone concerned about energy consumption, peak oil and climate change.

Publisher: Gabriola Island, BC : New Society Publishers, 2009
ISBN: 9780865716568
Branch Call Number: 333.822 He
Description: vi, 201 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 23 cm


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Feb 20, 2018

Coal use for power generation is rapidly expanding, particularly in Asia. A new plant comes online every other week. Many factors are at play: resource availability, aiding and abetting by financial markets, geopolitics, expedient electricity provision for unchecked burgeoning populations, kicking the can down the road with regard to environmental side effects, vote grubbing by politicians (coal provides jobs and expands the economy), short-termism per se. To engage in learned discourse on the realm of coal a minimum exposure to the facts on the ground is necessary. Although dated, BLACKOUT offers a decent grounding in the topic at hand.


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