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Thursday, August 31, 2006

coal: USA critical source ?

"Coal keeps US economy burning?" that is an interesting article from BBC.

Summary: coal is playing a major role in substaining US economy. It is cheap
(cheaper than Gas and Oil) , based on consolidated technolgy and is used to generate 52% of America's electricity.

But
Energy operators complain that "supplies are not meeting demand, leaving them low on reserves and Americans potentially exposed to power shortages."

Furthermore
getting the coal to its destination is a massive logistical challenge.

And coal is (at least to date) not clean..

Source [
Rob Cameron - BBC News]


2 comments:

Jessica said...

Coal makes a black sooty lung damaging mess. We need to find clean and safe sources of energy.

Alessandro Z. said...

hi Jessica, you are right, but it will be not so easy..