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The challenge posed by coal

Renewable energy advocates like to trumpet the rapid growth rate of wind farms and solar power plants, and it’s true. Installed wind capacity grew by almost 32 percent globally in 2009, according to on industry estimate. Capacity is now doubling every three years. That’s a remarkable feat, considering how sluggish the world economy has been.…

The arguments against carbon capture and sequestration are legion and the list of reasons not to invest more resources in the technology just keeps getting longer. Here’s a new analysis from Canadian journalist Graham Thomson. Some of his figures– on global carbon emissions, for example — are less than accurate, and this isn’t peer-reviewed science,…

Stephen Chu on the cost of coal

U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu is all about saving the coal industry. In the latest issue of Science, which includes a feature series on carbon capture and sequestration, he writes optimistically about the challenges and opportunities such technologies pose and why it could save us all from catastrophic climate change. At least, that’s what I…