Безнравственность использования угля

СИДНЕЙ – Наступает время подготовки глобального соглашения для Конференции по климату Организации Объединенных Наций, которая состоится в Париже в декабре этого года. С чувством оптимизма нам становится очевидным, что использование ископаемых видов топлива должно быть прекращено по всему миру в максимально короткое время. Более того, мысль о том, что выбросы парниковых газов должны быть сведены к нулю к 2050 году, получает все более широкую поддержку.

Самые активные сторонники таких изменений в использовании ископаемых видов топлива уже начали действия. Университеты, пенсионные фонды, церкви, банки и даже наследники нефтяного состояния Рокфеллера изымают свои деньги из активов ископаемого топлива или рассматривают возможность их продажи – и этот выбор становится все более и более привлекательным в связи с быстрым снижением стоимости производства энергии из возобновляемых источников.

Однако один сектор экономики стоит в стороне от этого прогресса. Похоже, что угольная промышленность полна решимости бороться за свои прибыли за счет ухудшения глобальной окружающей среды. Более того, эта отрасль яростно пытается обосновать моральную необходимость своего существования, утверждая, что уголь важен для предотвращения энергетической бедности.

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