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How to Destroy the Planet

By Tom Randall and Eric Roston - 2013-05-22T16:13:09Z

Photograph by Dadang Tri/Bloomberg

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Stockpile Coal

Here, the profligate are truly walking against the wind. 

The shale gas boom has slashed natural gas prices, making it the preferred fuel to use in electricity generation in many places. It saves on emissions, too: Burning coal emits 205.7 pounds of carbon dioxide per million British thermal units compared with 117 pounds per million Btu for natural gas, according to data from the Energy Information Administration.

Adding to coal’s woe is the advance in renewable energy technologies, including solar power, which saw an 80 percent price drop in silicon wafers from 2008 to 2012. 

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