Time to Celebrate Coal not Candles: Viv Forbes

Posted by Jennifer

Coal not candles should be the symbol of Earth Hour.

It was coal that produced clean electric power which cleared the smog produced by dirty combustion and open fires in big cities like London and Pittsburgh. Much of the third world still suffers choking fumes and smog because they do not have clean electric power and burn wood, cardboard, unwashed coal and cow dung for home heat.

It was coal that saved the forests being felled to fuel the first steam engines and produce charcoal for the first iron smelters.

It was coal that powered the light bulbs and saved the whales being slaughtered for whale oil lamps.

It was coal that produced the steel that replaced shingles on the roof, timber props in the mines, wooden fence posts on the farms and the bark on the old bark hut.

In Australia today, coal provides at least 75% of our lighting, cooking, heating, refrigeration, rail transport and steel. Without it, we would be back in the dark days of candles, wood stoves, chip heaters, open fires, smoky cities, hills bare of trees and streets knee deep in horse manure…

The article continues at JenniferMarohasy.com

H/T Climate Depot where Marc Morano also posted these related articles:

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Energy Hour: ‘International Climate Science Coalition executive director Tom Harris explains how ICSC is turning Earth Hour into Energy Hour

Obama’s EPA Chief Jackson Praises UN Earth Summit: ‘It is the rarest of opportunities to truly change the world…It means working together to strengthen the effectiveness of environmental governance’

Lisa Jackson 20th January 2012, ‘As Rio+20, the 20th anniversary of [UN’s] 1992 Earth Summit, approaches in June, we have a chance to learn lessons, build partnerships and put in place innovative strategies that can reshape the economic and environmental future of our entire planet. It is the rarest of opportunities to truly change the world, and make a difference that will benefit billions of people’

EPA’s Jackson jets to Paris for Agenda 21 planning

‘Fresh off her proposal to kill the U.S. coal industry through unrealistic greenhouse gas emissions standards, Lisa Jackson will spend the remainder of the week in Paris planning global government’

Update: White House, rather quietly, advances climate change agenda

State of play: The Obama administration announced landmark carbon emissions standards for new power plants Tuesday, but hardly shouted from the rooftops about them.

The administration rolled out the proposal with relatively little fanfare, and President Obama — who was in South Korea at nuclear security summit — did not issue a statement about the regulation…

…whether by accident or design, the administration announced the climate rule on a day when official Washington was fixated on other matters.

Tuesday brought the most important day in the landmark Supreme Court battle over Obama’s signature healthcare reform law as justices considered whether the so-called individual mandate passes constitutional muster…

Also, ‘Electricity Appreciation Hour’ is nigh

Eco-hypocrites: Obama’s top two energy advisers on taxpayer-funded junkets to Tokyo, Paris

Screw Earth Hour! at Blazing Cat Fur

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