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Dirty Business

Can coal ever really be made "clean"? Watch the 90-minute documentary that investigates.

Half our electricity comes from coal, the largest single source of greenhouse gases. But it doesn't have to be that way. Featuring stories from China to West Virginia, Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and explores the murky realities of "clean coal" technology. Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, the film highlights the work of energy innovators and the viable, renewable alternatives they offer in an age of rapid climate change.

Resources

Book
Journalist Jeff Goodell travels around the U.S. to challenge the myth of cheap coal.
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NPR's interactive map shows sources of power, plants, wind power and solar power.
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EPA's searchable database compares fuel mix and air emissions for your region by zip code.
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As coal-burning plants have reduced air emissions, many have created water pollution.

Blog

Matthew Green March 21, 2011 Waiting to Get Desperate: Dr. Joseph Romm on U.S. Climate Policy The question is not if America will transform its energy system but when. That was the underlying message delivered by physicist and energy policy expert
 Dr. Joseph Romm at a screening of Dirty... more
Matthew Green February 14, 2011 International team investigates alleged CO2 leak at world's largest carbon storage project Can you burn your carbon and keep it buried too? A scientific testing firm is launching a high profile investigation at the world’s largest carbon capture and storage (CCS) test site to find out.... more
Matthew Green January 28, 2011 Dirty Business Screening Update From film festivals and house parties, to sold-out theaters and large advocacy events, Dirty Business continues to impact communities throughout the country. On Thursday, January 6, The Center for... more