As China's economy has grown, so has its consumption of coal, which has increased by an average of nine percent per year. By comparison, average coal demand growth for the rest of the world has been about one percent per year.
The kinds of "big" development schemes that come most easily to the World Bank often bring with them nominal increases in gross domestic product, but only do so by degrading natural and community systems on which billions of people depend.
While the nation salivates -- or trembles -- at the thought of how the Occupy Wall Street movement will affect elections for years to come, an Occupy-style ballot initiative is being voted on in Boulder.
Any expectations that ever-increasing supplies of energy will meet demand are destined to be disappointed. Instead, recurring shortages, rising prices, and mounting discontent are likely to be the thematic drumbeat of the globe's energy future.
The struggle against Fisk and Crawford power plants has been ongoing for decades. Today the issue has effectively perked the ears of politicians. How influenced were they by the rapid gentrification of Pilsen?
Climate hawks and world leaders should stick to the truth, knowing it will pay dividends in street cred down the road as human-caused climate change is inexorably, irrefutably and tragically vindicated.
Rather than banning the construction of new coal-fired power plants, America should tax domestic carbon emissions. Then we could enact carbon tariff on imports, and thereby level the playing field for our manufacturers.