Is Coal Here to Stay?
Listen to a story by The World’s Mary Kay Magistad about China’s growing dependence on coal. That’s followed by our interview with journalist and author Jeff Goodell. He was our guest in this Science Forum discussion.
Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and is the author of the 2006 book Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America’s Energy Future.
Despite being the dirtiest of all fossil fuels, coal continues to be used globally at a growing pace.
That’s because coal reserves are finite, and we will eventually exhaust them. Add to that the growing concerns over the human and environmental costs of coal which have led to tighter regulation of the industry here in the U.S.
Goodell says energy companies and local economies can benefit from exploring renewable sources of energy.
But how to wean ourselves away from this relatively abundant resource? And can we do it soon enough? Ask Goodell. Check out our conversation with Goodell.
- If we accounted for the human and environmental costs of coal, how expensive would it be?
- How much more are you willing to pay to switch from coal to renewable sources of energy?
- Listen to our series on China’s Coal Habit by The World’s Mary Kay Magistad.
- ‘After a Strong Counterattack, Big Coal Makes a Comeback,’ by Jeff Goodell, Yale360.
- ‘Coal Industry Spending to Sway Next Congress,’ John M. Broder, New York Times.