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IT US KILLS GETTING IT OUT - Mining is traditionally a dangerous occupation. If a mine collapse does not get you, the carcinogenic dust will do you no good either.
When you think coal, think about China upping their production of coal fired power plants by 235 GW. They are also involved in another 102 GW of construction overseas.
Purchasing goods from any country that is accelerating coal burning is like adding to global warming. In buying goods from a country that is turning its back on climate change, it is encouraging them to keep on stepping on the fossil fuel gas pedal.
The USA under Trump is just as bad as China under Xi Jinping, except that Donald is more oil and gas addicted.
Fossil fuels kick started our industrial revolution, powered steam ships and generated electricity as we released the energy in coal and later oil, to make things happen at a faster pace. Cars, ships and aircraft being an example of things we now take for granted that pollute big time.
But it was a brilliant time for engineers and town planners who thought they could rely of this energy source without any consequences. Because after all the world is a big place. Surely humans could not alter the delicate ecological balance of planet earth just by driving a few cars and lighting a few home fires. Then came central heating. Sh*#%
Sadly, we can. We did and we still are, even though we now know how dangerous our excesses are to other species - and we are also set for extinction if we do nothing to swap fossil fuels for clean renewable energy sources.
Nature found a way to lock up carbon from excess energy that was pouring onto the earth's surface in producing coal. Coal is a natural carbon sink.
Man was stupid enough to burn the coal to unlock the carbon that nature had locked up for him.
How stupid is that?
Nature used leaves and algae to capture energy from the sun and convert that into plant matter. This is called photosynthesis. It is the basis of all life on earth.
Oil is also one of natures way of locking up energy from the sun.
Mankind needs to tap into the incoming solar energy directly, rather than unlock the carbon that is safely tucked away for a rainy day or two.
Map of the world showing oil consumption as colour codes.
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