Polar Coal

When Coal Arrived In America

Clive Thompson | Smithsonian | 12th July 2022

Much as Americans are now being urged to shift from fossil fuels to renewables, so they were being urged two centuries ago to shift from wood-burning to coal-burning stoves. Trees were disappearing and coal was abundant. But most people resisted the new fuel and everything to do with it. "Coal merchants were all over the place in the late 19th century — and everybody hated them” (1,800 words)

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