Coal energy’s time is over in US, says environmentalist

The United States should leave its coal in the ground and invest in wind farms and solar technology to generate power, leading American environmentalist Lester Brown said on Thursday.

Brown, president of the non-profit Earth Policy Institute, said investors, politicians and the public have turned dramatically against
coal and that the industry probably is facing "the beginning of the end", Reuters reported.

Efforts to clean up coal and develop carbon sequestration technology to prevent emissions from coal-fired power plants were too distant and costly, he said, while investment in alternative power sources and energy efficiency would be less expensive.

In response, the coal industry accused Brown of exaggerating both public opposition and coal’s contribution to climate change, as well
as ignoring the economic necessity of affordable power generation.

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