We need that electricity to light our homes and power our factories, of course. But as the states and some power companies are already demonstrating, we can produce that electricity in ways that significantly reduce carbon pollution.
In his inaugural address pledge to respond to the threat of devastating climate change, the president said that America must lead the transition toward sustainable energy sources. Promising news for our children, but what are the specifics?
The story of fierce resistance to coal is hardly unique to the Western world. Across the globe, communities are fighting back against the money and influence of the coal industry. Amazingly, they are winning.
We know carbon pollution is bad for our health and our climate. We also know how to generate power with clean energy like solar and wind. So why keep hitting ourselves on the head by building more dirty power plants?