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.”
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