Phaeton's Reins: The only practical approach is to pursue technologies that burn coal more clearly

Victor, David G.; Cullenward, Danny
January 2007
Boston Review;Jan/Feb2007, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
This essay discusses global warming and technologies for efficient coal burning. Often, the benefits to an industry are chosen over benefits to climate. World governments are slow with the application of updated coal-burning designs. Global initiatives such as the Kyoto Protocol are explored in relation to the United States, Canada, and China. Curbing climate change will require cutting emissions and federal law. Natural gas competes with coal and fossil fuel. Creating efficient plants would require a rise in temperature and "super-critical" units. Carbon dioxide emissions need to be limited. The author unpacks the politics behind power-plant efficiency, government incentives, investors, and global policy.


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