Coal

Scholarly Publications

Coal

March 2019

By making available the almost unlimited energy stored in prehistoric plant matter, coal enabled the industrial age – and it still does.

The Global Coal Market: Supplying the Major Fuel for Emerging Economies

August 2015

Coal has been the world's fastest-growing energy source in absolute terms for over a decade.

Wind, Coal, and the Cost of Environmental Externalities

April 2013

AbstractWe compare the cost of generating electricity with coal and wind in Chile’s Central Interconnected System (SIC).

Other Publications

The costs of fossil-free development

March 2017

Climage change is a serious global threat with impacts that are already being felt.

Why Isn't Natural Gas in India's Climate Strategy?

September 2016

News

Stanford Energy Q&A: Why do we burn so much coal?

December 2019

PESD associate director Mark Thurber recently spoke with Stanford Energy about the findings of his recent book on why the world continues to burn so much coal despite its major contribution to air...

Thurber talks at UBC about coal

September 2019

On September 17, PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber spoke at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC about findings from his new book Coal (available on Amazon). Coal burning is...

Thurber featured on CSIS podcast

June 2019

 On June 17, Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) Associate Director Mark Thurber talked with Nikos Tsafos from CSIS (Center for Strategic & International Studies) on the CSIS...

Events

The New U.S. Role in Global Fossil Fuel Markets

December 11, 2012

As recently as 2007, the United States seemed headed towards ever greater fossil fuel import dependence, as domestic oil and natural gas production dwindled and consumption continued to grow.

Energy Working Group: Shale Gas in China: Hype and Reality

May 9, 2012

In recent years, natural gas prices in the United States have gone from historic highs of over $12 per mmBtu in the summer of 2008, to under $2.50/mmBtu in 2012.

Beyond Climate Policy: Reconciling Climate Change and the “Coal Renaissance”

November 4, 2011

Richard Morse was the featured speaker at the UT Energy Symposium on November 3rd.  His talk, entitled, “Beyond Climate Policy: Reconciling Climate Change and the ‘Coal Renaissance’”, analyzed...

Projects

Instruments of Energy and Environmental Policy

Instruments of Energy Policy, hosted by the Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, brings to Stanford four notable researchers...
English

Multimedia

Thurber talks coal in Australia

December 2018

PESD Associate Director Mark Thurber visited Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in November where he discussed his forthcoming book, Coal (coming in May 2019 from Polity Press), in a public lecture.

People

Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research at PESD, Social Science Research Scholar
Akshaya Jha Faculty Affiliate at PESD