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Now Is the Time to Drive a Stake Through the Heart of Big Coal


Environment  (tags: Big Coal, pollution, politics, world, healthconditions, environment, destruction, ecosystems, protection, humans )

Cal
- 188 days ago - theweek.com
Coal is on its way out, but the EPA needs to accelerate its demise



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Sue H. (7)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 9:00 am
Oops.... no link. ?
 

Freya H. (304)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 9:44 am
Yes, but not TOO fast. Like it or not, we can't switch to renewables - wind, solar, geothermal, wave energy, biofuels, fat people on treadmills (ha ha, just kidding) - overnight. We do have to wean ourselves off "dead dinosaurs" as quickly as is feasible, and I wish that we could do that quickly enough to confuse a hummingbird. However, we must be practical, and make sure that we can replace each coal plant with equivalent renewable. Also, clean energy is still a work in progress: Look at the problems we have with solar plants and wind turbines killing birds.
 

Jeaneen A. (125)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 11:20 am
TY
 

Shanti S. (0)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 2:51 pm
Thank you.
 

Deb E. (64)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 3:12 pm
Amen to that. If the coal, oil and gas backers would just put their money into sustainables, we could switch in less than a year. And look at how many jobs THAT would create!
 

Brian M. (145)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 3:23 pm
Big Coal is as dirty as #dirtyenergy gets. It's not only accelerating climate change; it's also responsible for the death of 1.2 million people every year from the particulate pollution that coal generates. Just say no to #dirtycoal.
 

pam w. (191)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 4:07 pm
I'm with Freya! Leaping into the environmental FRAY without solid, adequate technologies behind us is only going to cause MORE troubles.
 

BnKatieNOMESPLE D. (81)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 7:10 pm
Spammer has been flagged, aren't you tired of seeing this CRAP??
It has nothing to do with the article!
Flag it!!! Kick it OUT!!
 

BnKatieNOMESPLE D. (81)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 7:10 pm
Thank You
 

A F. (130)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 7:47 pm
thank you and spammer flagged
 

Stephen Brian (23)
Saturday February 22, 2014, 11:32 pm
If coal is clearly declining and outdated, I don't think straight-up regulations are the way to go. Investors want their companies to switch off of it because it is no longer profitable, given the opportunity-costs. However, they just don't have the money to quickly retool plants. If the government were to make loans available with low enough rates that companies would still profit from getting off coal, then I am confident that they will do their best to line their pockets, and cut pollution massively.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 1:36 am
Coal is a dirty polluting fuel you would think that in this day and age and technological advances that a solution would have been found by now.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 1:43 am
Noted, ty.
 

. (0)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 2:06 am
arigato
 

Terry H. (2)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 3:36 am
C02 concentrations are already past 400ppm. Coal and other fossil fuels need to be phased out a rapidly as possible.
 

Panchali Yapa (12)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 6:30 am
Thank you
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 7:28 am
Thanks Cal.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 9:06 am
We can't get off fossil fuels fast enough!!
 

John S. (301)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 9:38 am
Companies don' care how they generate electricity, but as they found out in the UK, consumers will not pay extra for green energy. Anyway, as we are expected to be entering an ice age, perhaps CO2 is not the issue we thought it to be.
 

Micheael Kirkbym (85)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 10:28 am
Noted
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 10:51 am
Noted
 

Dave C. (214)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 12:40 pm
.....And when killing any evil.....don't just push, but push hard, fast, and forcefully!
 

Dave C. (214)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 12:42 pm
unfortunately, nat gas is not perfect either......needs to accelerate wind, solar, wave, tidal, thermal, geothermal, etc....
 

Robert K. (31)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 1:14 pm
Natural gas is every bit as dirty as coal, not in the burning, but in the extraction.
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday February 23, 2014, 9:40 pm
Thank you for the news. I wish it contained a petition. (n, p, t)
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Monday February 24, 2014, 12:07 am
noted and signed
 

Sylvie A. (135)
Monday February 24, 2014, 4:00 am
Notée. Merci.
 

Philip Heinlein (471)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 5:47 pm
Even though it is an election year, tougher regulations on coal are needed. The proposed reg is there for Particulate Matter... it's time to phase it in.
 
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