On this day in 1952, a thick fog blanketed London, and did not dissipate until December 9. A period of cold weather, combined with an anticyclone and windless conditions, collected airborne pollutants—mostly arising from the use of coal—to form a thick layer of smog over the city. It lasted from Friday, 5 December to Tuesday, 9 December 1952 and then dispersed quickly when the weather changed. At least 4000 people died, and another 100,000 became sick.
In spite of the world's efforts to reduce pollution from coal, global carbon emissions reached a record high in 2018.
In spite of Trump's promise "to bring back all those coal jobs" U.S. coal consumption has declined to its lowest level since 1979:
Coal jobs HAVE gone up under Trump, but only a 1001 more in the entire country. Since power companies have found that natural gas is cheaper and more efficient, the bump is only temporary, and will spiral down in the near future.
Between 2000 and 2017, the number of jobs in the solar industry increased from 93,000 jobs to over 250,000.
The REALLY SMART coal companies are switching to solar power:
If you've read John Grishams' "Gray Mountain", you'll recognize that we would be very wise to limit coal production as much as possible. The Martin County coal slurry spill of 2000 released 306,000,000 gallons of contaminated water into two tributaries of the Tug Fork river:
If you are wondering exactly WHY Trump decided to withdraw from the Paris agreement, it shouldn't surprise you to know that the administrative drafts of the executive order for withdrawing from the Paris climate accord were actually written by Bob Murray, chief executive of Ohio-based Murray energy. All Trump had to do was sign them.
Trump should be happy, though. He is going to get a lump of coal for Christmas, just as soon as Robert Mueller releases the results of his investigation.