Richard Muller: Get rid of coal power to halt global warming

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, July 30, 2012 23:48 EDT
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Richard Muller, a physics professor at University of California-Berkeley, said Monday that the only way to prevent global warming was to stop using coal for power.

“I think there are two key things that we can do,” he told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. “One of them is a global effort towards energy efficiency and conservation. I think that is realistic. But the biggest thing is — and this will be controversial — the biggest thing is a switch away from coal and to the one thing that can replace it in the poor countries that are going to produce most of the carbon dioxide, natural gas. We have to make fracking clean so that countries such as China and India can switch. Natural gas produces one third the carbon dioxide of coal for the same energy. If we don’t do this, I don’t think we have a chance.”

Muller was previously a climate change skeptic. But after years of researching the topic, he is now convinced the phenomenon is both real and caused by humans.

Muller insisted it was possible to using fracking, a controversial method of mining natural gas, in a way that did not produce environmentally harmful effects like contaminating groundwater.

“It requires more than $3 million fines,” he said. “But clean fracking, the technology there, is something that is achievable and something we really have to aim at, because nothing else can be afforded by the poor countries.”

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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