— The Erimtan Angle —

‘Barack Obama’s pledge to cut carbon emissions has not stopped North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming. In fact, production is booming – and climate change is off the agenda. The Guardian’s Suzanne Goldenberg gets a rare look inside the biggest coal mine in the world (10 November 2014)’.

A couple of years ago, the U.S. got about half of its energy from coal-powered plants, but now ” America gets about 40% of its electricity from coal . . . According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), its use of coal for energy rose 4.8% last year, in part because of the Arctic blasts of the polar vortex. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy registered one of their steepest rises in the last quarter century”.[1]

[1] Suzanne Goldenberg, “The real story of US coal: inside the world’s biggest coalmine” The Guardian (10 November 2014). http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/nov/10/-sp-the-real-story-of-us-coal-inside-the-worlds-biggest-coal-mine.

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