While the proportion of North America’s electricity produced from natural gas and next-generation nuclear technologies will certainly grow, it’s hard to beat coal when it comes to cost and availability. However, coal-fired electric plants are second only to petroleum-fueled vehicles in terms of carbon-dioxide emissions, as well as a big source of other pollutants like sulfur and mercury. What’s at stake? What are the solutions? What will this mean for you? We’ll explain.
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