Published on April 24, 2008
Section Green Report / Media
If humans survive global warming, they’ll probably one day look back with disbelief at how previous generations generated electricity — especially electricity from burning coal. Burn coal to boil water, then use the steam to spin a turbine that creates electricity. What a stupid concept! Why manufacture electricity when it surrounds us?
One reason is money. Coal is relatively cheap and easy to find (if you don’t mind cutting off mountain tops). The other is an unwillingness to change. We have been burning coal since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos