A new report finds that nearly 1,200 coal plants have been proposed around the world. If a significant portion of those plants got built, it would be extremely difficult to avoid drastic climate change. But for countries like India, deciding whether or not to build those plants is an agonizing question.
John Lotterio, 63, Pennsylvania. "[Obama's] killing people over energy by bottling over all the sources of energy, other than green energy. I saw on TV he said that if you want to invest in coal, go ahead, but you’re going to go bankrupt. What kind of attitude is that from that guy?"
For decades, the U.S. has leased coal on public lands to mining companies at generous rates. But now that more and more of America's coal is getting shipped to countries like China rather than burned at home, critics wonder if U.S. taxpayers are simply subsidizing Asia's coal use.
A look at how the U.S. power sector has evolved over time. Coal and nuclear power used to dominate the landscape. But lately, natural gas and renewables make up the vast majority of new power plants being built.