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Hats off to you Richard for your ability to give the full details to what is a blind and dismissive carbon addicted mankind we are today.
The clock is ticking.
The Introduction emphasises the importance of coal for electricity production and hence narrowly defined economic growth. It also describes succinctly the environmental impacts of coal, which include local water and air pollution near mines, the release of contaminants such as mercury, arsenic and sulphur dioxide at the point of combustion and the fact that coal is responsible for 40% of global CO2 emissions despite only providing 25% of global energy consumption.
What is not mentioned in the book, however, is that James Hansen, probably the world's most eminent climate scientist, has called for a global moratorium on the construction of coal fired power plants (...), describing them in uncharacteristically strong language as "death factories". When the environmental impacts in Heinberg's book are considered, this seems like a fair description.
Chapter 1 contains the core of the book's argument and analysis, and convincingly suggests that global coal production is reaching geological limits and will begin to decline within a decade or two.Read more ›
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