Coal in the Mix: Challenges and Opportunities for the Future Use of Coal. Center for Strategic & International Studies. Jane Nakano, Michelle Melton. January 5, 2015.
Perhaps no other energy topic today elicits such starkly polarized attitudes as coal. Coal is vilified as a dirty fuel by some and praised as a necessary means for developing economies to modernize by others. These debates are unlikely to subside, as coal is the second-largest primary energy source in the world today and coal consumption is expected to keep growing for decades to come. In particular, coal continues to play a dominant role in developing countries, where the need for cheap and reliable energy to fuel economic development drives coal use. Continued reliance on coal in these economies, however, has spurred concern about how to de-conflict continued reliance on coal for economic development with the need to address climate change. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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