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The disadvantages of coal power are;

1. It is non-renewable and it is causing global warming.

2. Although it is now cheap, if the coal continues to be used in such a way, it will soon be very expensive.

3. Burning a fossil fuel produces carbon dioxide, which contributes to the greenhouse effect, warming the Earth.

4. Burning coal produces more carbon dioxide than burning oil or gas.

5. Mining coal can be difficult and dangerous. Strip mining destroys large areas of the landscape.

6. Coal-fired power stations need huge amounts of fuel, which means train-loads of coal almost constantly. In order to cope with changing demands for power, the station needs reserves. This means covering a large area of countryside next to the power station with piles of coal, which destroys plants and ruins landscapes.

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