Death to Coal: But How?

Solar panels are a popular way to bring in renewable energy to a building. (Photo: Chewonki Semester School [CC by 2.0]/Flickr)

If we have any chance of surviving as an advancing world society, we need to stop burning coal, full stop.

Not cut back by 50 percent over 50 years. We need to stop burning it entirely within a decade. It's 350 ppm, or things get really, really bad.

Coal powered electricity must die.

To get an idea of how that's even possible, you can look to Ontario, Canada. EnviroWonk is reporting pretty amazing news from Canada's most populous province.

From 2003 to 2006 Ontario cut its coal use by 32 percent. Utilities have to buy power at a premium from homes and businesses with renewable energy systems like solar panels until 2026, which has spurred a frenzy of green energy installations.

Most astonishingly, Ontario met all its 10-year renewable energy procurement goals in just over one year.

That's how you get it done.

Read the whole piece at EnviroWonk, one of the best green politics site on the web.