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Coal: The Greatest Threat to Civilization

Coal: The Greatest Threat to Civilization

October 31, 2012

Coal is the single greatest threat to civilization and all life on our planet. The climate is nearing tipping points. Changes are beginning to appear and there is a potential for explosive changes, effects that would be irreversible, if we do not rapidly slow fossil – fuel emissions over the next few decades. A moratorium on coal-fired power plants is by far the most important action that needs to be pursued.

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This is a chapter from The ENERGY Reader: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth (2012).