India is right: coal makes the world go round

The Paris climate summit (COP21) is underway, and the usual handwringing over the threat of climate change is unfolding. There’s been the familiar ‘now or never’ and ‘the end is nigh’ rhetoric, the demand that Something Must Be Done, and, of course, heightened concern about countries like China and India’s insistence on coal-powered growth.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Actually, this is what makes the world go round.

  • Jaedo Drax

    Coal has the advantage of being cheap, easy to use, has a high power density, and can be constructed anywhere.

    Wind still has the same problem that resulted in it being replaced by steam power a couple hundred years ago. Solar is only good for part of the day. Hydro needs dams. Nuclear is complicated. Biomass is wasteful.

  • canminuteman

    It was a good thing we discovered that we could burn rocks when we did, or we would have run out of trees trying to keep from freeing to death. We were just about to run out of whales to melt down for lighting when we discovered terrestrial oil. A fact that I find amazing is that Rockefeller became a billionaire in the oil business before the automobile was invented. The main use of oil at the time was kerosene for lighting. Not surprising that whales almost became extinct. I am sure some other source of energy will come about in time, but we aren’t there yet.

  • Alain

    With the technology that exists today burning coal is not a problem. This group of want-to-be fascists should focus on assisting India and China in using this technology. Since it is all a massive scam and they are among the promoters, they won’t do that.