Will cutting carbon kill coal? Only if the industry fails to adapt

November 23, 2014 10:40 PM

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Forecasts of coal’s demise have been wrong for more than 700 years, ever since King Edward I of England famously proclaimed, “Be it known to all within the sound of my voice, whosoever shall be found guilty of burning coal shall suffer the loss of his head.”

Now, new cries of a “war on coal” have emerged in the wake of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules requiring existing power plants to cut emissions of carbon dioxide by an average of 30 percent by 2030 — a significant step to control the major pollutant linked to global climate ...

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