Why Coal Is Responsible For Destroying The World

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As far back as the Roman Empire, and indeed probably long before then, coal has been used by humans as a source of heat, providing many advantages over wood, charcoal and other fuels. However, it wasn 't until the introduction of the steam engine that coal became a major part of shaping the world. Fueling the industrial revolution, the high energy concentration of coal made it the standard source of everything from trains to power plants. Coal companies claim that coal, though not perfect, is the best source of energy at this moment, and the negative effects are being mitigated even as we speak. Consumers have a high demand of energy, that cannot be sated by other sources. To this very day, coal continues to drive forward the world, but…show more content…
They are focused on finding ways to make coal cleaner for the environment, and have outreach programs to get youth involved in this process as well. Their main claims are that they “recognize inextricable linkage between energy, the economy and the environment” and “support policies that promote the use of coal”. They resolve these two seemingly conflicting goals by “supporting investments..including capture and storage of CO2 emissions”. Coal, they argue, provides the energy security that the United States relies upon. The United States have more coal reserves than the Middle East has oil reserves, and could power the United States for the next 290 years at the current rate of consumption. Even though Coal is becoming less relied upon, they expect coal to remain dominant through at least 2040. The reason for this is low energy costs. States with large coal reserves pay, on average, $0.88 per kilowatt hour (kWh), while states that lack reserves pay $0.1244 per kWh. And outside of the states, consumption is on the rise. There was a 39% increase in demand by 2012, and they are expecting an 80% increase by 2035. But with all this coal, there is going to be more emissions. The ACCCE is attempting to develop new technologies to implement, having spent one hundred thirty billion dollars so far and planning on investing
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