Travis Schumm/ Courtesy The Platte River is set on fire following train derailment.

Why Coal Should Stay in the Ground


Coal is the world’s dirtiest fuel. There are at least four strikes against coal as an energy fuel: It’s messy and damaging to the environment to mine. Whether it is the mountain-destroying techniques in West Virginia, or the strip-mining in Wyoming, coal mining causes great hard to the environment. By definition, the mine site is…

Cliff Edwards, voicing Jiminy Cricket, sings "When You Wish Upon a Star," from Walt Disney's Pinochio

2018 in Review: Revisiting WC’s Wishes for 2018


In what passes for tradition here at Wickersham’s Conscience, we spend the last week of each year thinking about the year that is ending, and making our wishes for the coming year. This blog post is firmly in that tradition. Despite the abject failures of his wishes for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, WC, in a continuing (and perhaps masochistic) triumph of…

Wind wins, with solar coming in second. Coal is unchanged while nuclear got more expensive.

Another Nail in Coal’s Coffin


One of the best ways to measure the cost of generating electricity is to divide the cost by the megawatt hours and life of the plant. By that measure, solar power is now the least expensive way to generate electricity. Even with the cost of storage – solar power doesn’t work in the night time,…