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The Myth of “Clean Coal”: Why Coal Can Only Ever Be Dirty

The Myth of “Clean Coal”: Why Coal Can Only Ever Be Dirty

January 2019

In January 2019, the Life After Coal/Impilo Ngaphandle Kwamalahle campaign launched an important research report that demonstrates that coal can only ever be dirty. The report warns that, while “clean coal” is sometimes promoted as the lifeline that will allow governments to continue to depend on coal for energy generation, there is no such thing as “clean coal”.

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Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

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