(photo by Lewis Hine)
By Christopher B. Daly
This week in fossil fuels brings a front-page story in the NYTimes reporting on a fiasco in Mississippi to spin straw into gold: a giant “clean coal” project that failed.
If anyone still thinks coal can be used cleanly, here’s a tip: pick up a lump of coal sometime. Carry it around. Try sharing it with others. Put it under your pillow. Go into a small room with the windows closed and burn it.
You will be sick of it in less time than it takes to read that Times story.
The world cannot stop mining and burning coal fast enough. Just stop. There are other ways.