Episode 13 of Dr. Joylette Portlock’s YouTube series Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something! In this episode Dr. Portlock looks at “old king coal,” the dirtiest of of fossil fuels and the source of much of the world’s energy generation. Even though coal use is declining in America, primarily from the explosion natural gas fracking, coal consumption continues to expand globally. Portlock also looks at the myth of clean coal and prospects for carbon capture and sequestration (CSS) technology. As with all her videos, Portlock offers ideas for actions we can take, including finding local sources of clean energy and urging President Obama to make sure the EPA finalizes standards to limit carbon emissions from new power plants.
The oil and gas industry intends to invest an estimated $4.9 trillion over the next 10 years to explore for and extract oil and gas from new fields. An analysis from Global Witness concludes that we can't afford any production from new oil and gas fields, much less new fields, if we're to meet the U.N. Paris Climate Agreement goals and avoid moving beyond a critical climate change tipping point.