An excerpt from my next book, Damn Yankee Buttons:
Stuff is subject to entropy, the second law of thermodynamics. Entropy says the universe will gradually wind down and everything will go from order to disorder.
Burning coal, changes it to heat, light, gases and ash. Those components can’t be put back together—-that is entropy. To slow down the accelerated entropy, humans will have to realize that nothing is forever, that all stuff is finite. Mountain top removal strip mining, fracking for natural gas, and Black Friday, make it seem unlikely that humans are up to the task.