So most people today heat their home with oil.
The advantage of oil is that it’s easy to
transport and produces relatively little
pollution. Coal on the other hand creates
really dirty emissions which would affect the air
we breathe. When coal is burned in a power
plant, there are more technologies in place to
make sure that the smoke that’s emitted isn’t too
bad for the environment. But if coal were burned
in a person’s house, they probably wouldn’t use
the same gas-cleaning technologies that are used
by a power plant. Therefore, if a community were
all using coal heating, then it would make the air
a lot worse to breathe than the current situation
where people are using oil, natural gas, and
For a very long time, people did heat their
houses with coal, but now there are “cleaner”
technologies that don’t pollute the air as much.
Also coal produces about 1.5 times as much
CO2 as oil for the same amount of heat.
So if more people burned coal, it could
accelerate climate change.
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