So, we talk a lot about how important stopping the coal rush is to the climate (and of course the ecosystems and communities ravaged by the entire lifecycle of coal – from mining to burning). And it’s not just us talking about the importance of coal. There’s a post nearly every other day about the problems of coal from our friends at Grist, Al Gore is calling for direct action against coal, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid even just said “There’s not a coal-fired plant in America that’s clean. They’re all dirty,”
But some new advertisements are about to pop in next week’s New Yorker, courtesy of the visionary organization Architecture 2030. They have some great comparisons to make on how so many other efforts to curb climate change are dwarfed by the problems of coal. While I’m a firm believer that we need all sorts of people taking all sorts of tactics on all sorts of issues – it’s vital that come together and make sure we keep coal where it belongs – in the ground.
One other neat factoid I put together:
These ~150 proposed coal plants will emit about 600 million tons of C02 every year. That’s about the same C02 emissions as adding 108 million new cars to our roads. That’s about the same as nearly doubling the number of cars on our roads!
That doesn’t even count the 619 existing coal-fired power plants that we should start decomissioning if we are serious about curbing climate change.