Itâ€™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 â€” lured by rising oil and natural gas prices and cheap coal â€” all have new â€œcleanâ€ coal-fired plants in the works, despite scientistsâ€™ growing alarm over climate change.
Like their U.S. counterparts, the plant owners tout â€œclean coalâ€ technology, but the reality is that commercial technology for capturing and sequestering carbon dioxide remains years away â€” 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.