China Leads the Way in Burning Clean Coal
China is ahead in its effort in "stopgap" measures by building an average of one coal power plant every week. Clean coal burning is what nations have been turning to in order to help keep carbon dioxide levels down.
Article written by guest writer Rin Mitchell
What’s the Latest Development?
According to the Department of Energy, coal "will continue to provide the majority of our Nation’s baseload generation capacity" in the near future. China burns the most coal per week than other nations. It seems that “clean coal” can help lower atmospheric carbon dioxide levels that are way beyond what scientists believe is a safe threshold. Commonly dismissed as expensive and not very sensible, it in fact is a "stopgap approach" should electricity fail. Recently, engineers in China “fired up” a coal gastrification power plant called “GreenGen,” which is a “critically important test of the technology’s commercial potential as a low-carbon power source,” according to experts at Livermore National Laboratory. The gasification technology converts coal into gases that are burned in a cleaner way as to generate electricity, “while turning the exhaust into a stream of CO2 that can be sent underground. “
What’s the Big Idea?
Nations are turning to “clean coal” burning as a way to lower carbon dioxide levels—and at the same time produce electricity. China is ahead of the game, as it “fires up” at least one coal-fired plant each week. “Although clean coal has long been derided as an oxymoron, it is also held up as a necessary measure to prevent more dire climate change. It may be both.”
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According to TwoFold CEO Alison McMahon, a leader who doesn't care (or can't pretend to care) about his or her employees isn't much of a leader at all.
Why do people quit their jobs? Surely, there are a ton of factors: money, hours, location, lack of interest, etc. For Alison McMahon, an HR specialist and the CEO of TwoFold, the biggest reason employees jump ship is that they're tired of working for lousy bosses.
By and large, she says, people are willing to put up with certain negatives as long as they enjoy who they're working for. When that's just not the case, there's no reason to stick around:
Nine times out of ten, when an employee says they're leaving for more money, it's simply not true. It's just too uncomfortable to tell the truth.
Whether that's true is certainly debatable, though it's not a stretch to say that an inconsiderate and/or incompetent boss isn't much of a leader. If you run an organization or company, your values and actions need to guide and inspire your team. When you fail to do that, you set the table for poor productivity and turnover.
McMahon offers a few suggestions for those who want to hone their leadership abilities, though it seems that these things are more innate qualities than acquired skills. For example, actually caring about your workers or not depending wholly on HR thinking they can do your job for you.
It's the nature of promotions that, inevitably, a good employee without leadership skills will get thrust into a supervisory position. McMahon says this is a chronic problem that many organizations need to avoid, or at least make the time to properly evaluate and assist with the transition.
But since they often don't, they end up with uninspired workers. And uninspired workers who don't have a reason to stay won't stick around for long.
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