Europe also ignoring coal plant threat

coalplantIt’s not just China and India who are building scores of new coal-fired plants. Despite their green image, European countries are planning to build some 50 coal-fired plants in the next five years, according to the New York Times.

Italy, Germany, the Czech Republic and Great Britain — lured by rising oil and natural gas prices and cheap coal — all have new “clean” coal-fired plants in the works, despite scientists’ growing alarm over climate change.

Like their U.S. counterparts, the plant owners tout “clean coal” technology, but the reality is that commercial technology for capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide remains years away — and may never be feasible.

Without a moratorium on new coal plants, warns prominent climate scientist James Hansen of NASA, controlling climate change may be impossible.