Coal is the enemy of the human race

The Economist noted as early as 2002 that coal is the environmental enemy number one. Yet, it is still used a lot to generate electricity at cheap prices. But this doesn’t even make economic sense.

To Grist : Electricity from coal imposes more damages on the U.S. economy than the electricity is worth. That’s right: Coal-fired power is a net value-subtracting industry.”

As a matter of facts, coal costs the US economy $53 billion per year in gross external damages (GED). How much does it cost globally ? That would be interesting to know !


Edouard is a sustainability and energy professional committed to bringing our societies to a carbon neutral future. He has been writing on related topics on this very blog since 2007.

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2 Responses

  1. a lump of coal in the Christmas stocking of anyone who still thinks the black rock is economical…and safe to burn…breathe on!

  2. Edouard says:

    Agreed !

    Some say nuclear is BAD but compared to coal… Besides, we know how to make nuclear safe and clean.

    It isn’t the case for coal as “clean coal” will remain an oxymoron for a long time…

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