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First, read the Atlantic Magazine article "Dirty Coal, Clean Future" by James Fallows at the magazine's website. You can find the same article as a pdf here.
Use the article to answer the following questions on loose leaf paper (20 points).
Again -- the article is long. I recommend you read the questions first so you know exactly what information you are attempting to find.
- Why is carbon dioxide arguably the most significant of the greenhouse gases?
- Explain the “positive feedback” loop that may happen when carbon dioxide levels reach 450 ppm and above.
- Compare the per capita CO2 emissions of the United States, China, Europe, India and Kenya. What do they share in common? What is different? What’s unique about France?
- Summarize the four components of the “carbon wedge” identified in the article.
- The average American annually uses electricity produced by how much coal?
- What “externalities” of coal usage are unregulated? What is the consequence of this lack of regulation?
- What is the energy efficiency of coal?
- How long does it take to secure a permit to build a new coal-fired power plant in the U.S.?
- Describe the process of CO2 sequestration.
- Describe the process of underground coal gasification.
Then, read Paul Krugmans's New York Times editorial "Here Comes the Sun." Summarize his main points on the same page as questions 1-10. (5 points)