As U.S. scales back, ‘King Coal’ reigns as global powerhouse

Thursday's Editorial - February 27, 2014

Questions

1. a) What is the population of the world?
b) What percent of the world's population does not have electricity? (How many people?) (see para. 5)

2. Why is the use of coal to generate electricity growing rapidly in Africa and Asia? (see para. 6)

3. Which country has the world's largest coal reserves?

4. What is encouraging news about the coal-fired power plants being built in China and India? (see para. 11-12)

5. The purpose of an editorial/commentary is to explain, persuade, warn, criticize, entertain, praise or answer. What do you think is the purpose of this editorial? Explain your answer.