David Roberts, Grist’s editor, has been banging this “coal is the enemy of the human race” drum, and as a Grist contributor I seem to be associated with it. It will be interesting to see if he lets me write a rebuttal. Apparently a fair number of people do read Grist and I’d hate to give up that soapbox, but on the other hand I think this meme is a disastrous error, both tactically and morally.
Update: David writes and graciously informs me that it is OK if we disagree, and hopes that nobody on Grist has to take responsibility for what everybody else writes. Fair enough. Now I have to write a Grist article on coal. Oh, well…
Certain coal interests have behaved very irresponsibly and I don’t forgive them, but coal is a resource as well as a threat, and at this point we can’t afford to take anything off the table.
In case you missed it, coal is a mineral. Minerals mean you no harm.
Pogo identified the real enemy long ago.