Pakistan’s milewide open air mine shows why coal won’t go away

Before 2016, Pakistan had a single coal-fired plant. It now has nine, supplying 15 per cent of the nation’s electricity, with another four under construction. Solar power provides about 1 per cent of energy needs and is getting a tiny sliver of investment compared with what’s going into coal. Solar and other renewables may someday eliminate Pakistan’s dependence on coal, but that day is probably decades away, the Gulf News reports.

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