This picture of the fire at the Majuba coal power plant yesterday, South Africa’s second largest, is a graphic example of how dirty coal energy is.
While eyes are on Majuba its good to remember that:
At full capacity this plant’s six units burn 56,000 tonnes of coal per day, supplied via a central conveyor system from the coal stockyard.
Every tonne of coal burned results in 1,892kg of CO2
So lets do the math:
56,000 tonnes x 1,892kg CO2 = 105,952,000kg CO2
That is 106 million kilograms of CO2 being spewed into the atmosphere EVERY SINGLE DAY
This is completely unsustainable - we are going to kill everything.