Truth is – coal is beautiful. Trees that fell into swamps 300 million years ago got buried. Pressure and time concentrated the carbon such that it is often 90%+ pure. It’s not merely black, rather one can find a broad range of colors and textures, which is why I like to use it in my art. But the earth isn’t making more coal, and as renewables are now cheaper than the cheapest coal, we must rapidly close remaining mines and plants. There is no such thing as ‘clean coal’ – it is one of the least sustainable energy sources. In many areas you can choose to get your electricity from a green source. Make your choice and voice count.
Black Mirror (2018) by John Sabraw