01 Jul '12, 10am

Why There is No New Coal When Reserves Run Out, And How That Could Help Biofuels

Why There is No New Coal When Reserves Run Out, And How That Could Help Biofuels

Although peak coal gets less attention than peak oil, the issue is gaining attention. The world consumes 6 billion tons of coal per year (2010 data),with coal consumption trending upward . The largest user of coal, China, faces the imminent depletion of national coal reserves at current use rates, raising disturbing political, social, and environmental issues about neighboring Mongolian coal reserves. No one hopes that new reserves being cooked up deep within the earth could offer new sources of what is essentially a dirty fuel. On the contrary, many hope that we leave remaining coal deposits under the earth and turn to renewable energy sources instead. The value of this science on coal deposit formation lies not in finding new coal, but in its contribution to our wider understanding of how genomics applies to bioenergy and environmental issues. You Can't Interrupt What Ne...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/why-no-new-coa...

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