Facts & Stats according to Big Coal
How reliant is the world on fossil fuels?
Interesting to note: The British Empire was built in part on its large deposits of coal. Ironically, through much of the nineteenth century, few people considered coal smoke to be pollution. In fact they considered it a valuable disinfectant because its carbon and sulfur were thought capable of rendering miasma** harmless.*Technically speaking, wood is a renewable resource, so long as it's harvested in a sustainable fashion - which it often is not.
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