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Toxic Substances from Coal Energy : An Overview

By Shy, Carl M.

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Book Id: WPLBN0000220497
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Toxic Substances from Coal Energy : An Overview  
Author: Shy, Carl M.
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, United Nations., United Nations. Office for Disarmament Affairs
Collections: Government Library Collection, Disarmament Documents
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Publisher: United Nations- Office for Disarmament Affairs (Unoda)


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Excerpt: In its National Energy Plan of 1977, the Carter Administration proposed a significant increase in the use of coal, the most abundant fossil fuel in the U.S. Under the energy plan, coal consumption will reach 1.2 million tons by 1985, nearly double the total consumption in 1978. But even in the absence of an energy plan, economic and supply considerations would be expected to bring about an increase in coal consumption to one million tons by 1985. Thus there is little reason to doubt that within the next 7 to 10 years substantial amounts of coal will be mined and combusted, above current rates of consumption. At the same time, coal is a dirty fuel. Its potential for damage to health and the environment is greater than for oil or natural gas, considering the entire fuel cycle from extraction, transport and processing to combustion and waste disposal. Overall, coal is simply harder to handle and dirtier than oil or natural gas.


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