As the dirtiest and the most abundant of fossil fuels, coal is a dangerous bridge to a clean energy economy. How has the president who vowed to restore America's leadership on climate change become coal's First Friend?
After years of virtual inaction from the Bush administration on a clean economy, the president's new budget is a politically savvy, substantively brave, and altogether impressive collection of proposals.
If we don't begin massive investment in renewable power sources, civilization could be at risk before the end of the century. Such is the stark conclusion of Blackout, one of the scariest books I've ever read.
The coal industry accounts for 25% of greenhouse gases in the US. If they don't clean up, coal will be one of the biggest industries penalized under a new cap and trade program proposed by both presidential candidates.