Conservative estimates suggest that over 1 billion people globally do not have access to electricity. And one thing that can be said with virtual certainty about those invisible townspeople is that not one person reading this article is one of them.
It is time to face facts on coal and recognise the continued benefits it provides across the globe. Coal is the oldest and most reliable source of energy in the world, with the rst US coal power plant built in the 1880s. It has been the driver behind industrial revolutions and has provided energy to billions of people and, as a result, improved the quality of life across the world. Throughout the Western world, access to electricity is not only expected, it is demanded and viewed upon as a right. However, that is not the case across most of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, in many of those regions, it is a scarce luxury.
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World Coal magazine