It’s The Dawn Of Life-Saving Coal: 2010 Consumption Jumped 5.2% – Most Since 1979
By P Gosselin on 7. Oktober 2011
Dig baby dig!
Germany has put the shutdown of all its nuclear reactors on the fast track since the Fukushima accident. Finally, Germany’s Renewable Energy Revolution to rescue the planet from nuclear power and climate-killing CO2 emissions appears set begin in earnest, at least that’s what the climate rescue heroes would like to believe.
Unfortunately for the renewable energy cheerleaders, and the enemies of fossil fuels, things are in reality developing quite differently globally and even in Germany. For example, China is putting one brand new coal power plant online every week, and will do so for the next 40 years. Now, suddenly, Germany looks poised to crank up its coal power capacity too. Edgar L. Gärtner at eigentumlich frei has a commentary called: Energy Revolution” – The New Age of Coal“. The climate fantasy rescuers aren’t going to like it. (No Tricks Zone)
U.S. is energy-rich, but most of that wealth lies in potentially toxic coal
October 4, 8:17 AM
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney argues that the United States is an “energy-rich nation” that is “living like an energy-poor nation.” It’s a catchy turn of phrase, to be sure. And Romney’s point raises some interesting questions. How does the United States stack up against other developed nations in terms of fossil-fuel stores? How does our supply compare to our long-term need? Why are we paying so much for imported oil if we’re sitting on vast energy supplies?
In 2009, the Congressional Research Service produced a report analyzing the total fossil-fuel stores available to the United States compared with other countries. It concluded that the United States has an embarrassment of energy riches. In fact, when the analysts converted all of our oil, natural gas and coal reserves into barrel of oil equivalents, the United States edged out Russia as the world’s most-energy-rich nation. The United States has more than three times the fossil-fuel stores of Iran and Saudi Arabia, and more than seven times as much as Iraq, when expressed as barrel of oil equivalents. (WaPo)
The Incredible Global Transition Back To Coal
Tuesday, 20 September 2011 17:39 Gregor MacDonald, Business Inside
Coal’s share of global primary energy consumption is soaring.
There are many unfortunate outcomes to Peak Oil. One of the more serious is the world’s transition back to coal. Expensive BTU from crude oil has influenced the energy adoption pathway of the Developing World for ten years now, pushing the five billion people in the Non-OECD towards coal. My work has documented this shift for some time. But, I have paid less attention here at Gregor.us to the effect this paradigmatic change will have on our climate.
In this week’s release of the EIA’s International Energy Outlook, I found the following graph, projecting carbon emissions out to 2035. The EIA is correct to note the surge in emissions from coal. – see: World Energy Related Carbon Dioxide Emissions by Fuel 1990-2035 in billion MT.
German regulator discards nuclear as reserve power
Germany’s energy regulator on Wednesday dismissed the option of keeping spare nuclear capacity on standby should power systems be overstretched in the coming winter months.
“We’ve been spared the necessity to reactivate a nuclear power station,” the president of the federal network agency, Matthias Kurth, told reporters in Berlin.
The announcement ended speculation about whether parts of Germany’s nuclear capacity, about 8,800 MW of which was shut in the wake of the recent Japanese nuclear disaster, would be reopened if power were to run short in periods of high demand when renewable power output is low.
Kurth said that he had won assurances that hard-coal-fired plants could prepare to provide additional capacity in such instances. (Reuters)
Clean Energy In Alice’s Rabbit Hole
Coal fired power plants in the US are very clean. This is one of the largest ones in New Mexico. The steam coming out of the stacks quickly dissipates, leaving bright blue southwestern skies behind.
Compare that to this environmental disaster in Scotland, which greenies call “clean energy.”
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New Rules and Old Plants May Strain Summer Energy Supplies
By MATTHEW L. WALD
WASHINGTON — As 58 million people across 13 states sweated through the third day of a heat wave last month, power demand in North America’s largest regional grid jurisdiction hit a record high. And yet there was no shortage, no rolling blackout and no brownout in an area that stretches from Maryland to Chicago.
But that may not be the case in the future as stricter air quality rules are put in place. Eastern utilities satisfied demand that day — July 21 — with hefty output from dozens of 1950s and 1960s coal-burning power plants that dump prodigious amounts of acid gases, soot, mercury and arsenic into the air. Because of new Environmental Protection Agency rules, and some yet to be written, many of those plants are expected to close in coming years.
Industry Group Hits Back at Anti-Coal Rhetoric From Bloomberg, Sierra Club
In a Wednesday column, the president of a major coal industry group defended coal energy against recent attacks from the environmentalist left. The current drive to drastically redcuce coal power in the United States, he claimed, would deal a body blow to the American economy.
“There are challenges inherent with using every energy resource,” wrote Steve Miller, president and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity. “But if the United States backs away from any of our domestic resources because it poses challenges, we will soon find ourselves with fewer, more expensive supplies of energy.”
Miller specifically addressed the recent donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg to the environmentalist group Sierra Club. The donation specifically funded the group’s anti-coal campaign, which Miller claimed would, if successful, drastically reduce the country’s “jobs, economic growth, energy security and global competitiveness.”
The Sierra Club claims it has prevented 150 coal power plants from opening, and seeks to shut down a third of the country’s older power plants in the next decade. Bloomberg’s donation, the Sierra Club said, will aid in that campaign. (The Foundry)
We can lower Australian CO2 emissions by… (wait for it) building new coal plants!
A joint writing project: Anton Lang (who writes as TonyfromOz at PAPundits), Tony Cox, and Jo Nova
It’s the paradox that will torture the Greens. What if the best way to achieve their environmental aims as well as providing jobs and power was to build more coal fired power stations? Imagine if we could reduce CO2 emissions by more than 5%, supply 24 hour baseload electricity, create jobs, and save thousands of square kilometres of Australian bush from industrial domination. Imagine if “New Coal” turned out to be the lowest cost alternative as well?
Anton Lang has researched it, and Tony Cox has confirmed that the big numbers make sense with an Australian electricity company (who shall not be named). Selling the Carbon Tax in Neverland is already a public debate that’s pretzel tied in impossible contradictions, so what’s one more unlikely twist? Possibly, just enough to get us out of a knot, or at least enough to expose the real aims of the carbon reduction plan.
Old existing large scale coal fired power plants in Australia are all twenty to forty years old. Major advances have been made in coal-powered technology, and new coal plants are, incredibly, much more efficient, so much more efficient that they produce up to 30% less CO2. Who would have thought there was such a bonanza-cherry there, ripe for the picking? (Jo Nova)
NAACP and EPA would inflict heat prostration and death
by Niger Innis and Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr.
This kind of “environmental justice” we can do without.
From New York, Washington and Atlanta to Chicago, St. Louis and Dallas, America is baking in a furnace. As millions swelter and gasp, they thank their lucky stars for air-conditioned cars, homes, offices and other places of refuge. And for the reliable, affordable electricity that makes AC possible.
Previous generations weren’t so fortunate. When a record heat wave slammed the nation in July 1936, Midwest temperatures hit 100-107 for a week. With most homes and businesses lacking even fans in this pre-AC era, millions suffered heat prostration. In Wisconsin, 449 died. Nationwide, thousands perished.
Now the EPA and NAACP want to send America back to the “good old days.” Under a perverse notion of “environmental justice,” they are promoting tough new air quality rules that would shut down dozens of coal-fired power plants that make affordable AC possible for millions of poor and minority families.
According to them, coal-based electricity is “racist.” Minorities are more at risk because they often live near “dangerous,” older, more polluting power plants.
There is no excuse for the ridiculous “racism” and “justice” rhetoric, or the way EPA used cherry-picked data and computer models to conjure up health risks and benefits that exist only in virtual worlds. (Visit http://www.AffordablePowerAlliance.org for details.) Worse, the agency refused to consider the disastrous effects its draconian regulations will impose on families and businesses, due to skyrocketing electricity prices. (SPPI)
U.S. rules seen shutting 20 percent of coal power capacity
The U.S. power industry will probably retire up to 20 percent of the country’s coal-fired electricity generating capacity this decade, due to proposed federal environmental regulations, consulting firm ICF International said in a report on Wednesday.
Fairfax, Virginia-based ICF, which helps utilities meet environmental rules, among other things, said grid operators and regulators in charge of reliability will have to work with environmental regulators to ensure the system remains reliable as 30 to 50 gigawatts of coal-fired generation are shut. (Reuters)
Update on EPA’s War on Coal: Trading Jobs for Bugs in Appalachia
by WILLIAM YEATMAN on JULY 23, 2011
The Environmental Protection Agency this week issued a final Guidance document directing Appalachian States and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to account for saline effluent when they issue Clean Water Act permits to surface mining projects, including so-called mountaintop removal mines. The EPA set the regulatory threshold for salinity “pollution” so low that EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson has said that “no or very few [surface mines] are going to meet this standard.” Obviously, this will have a severe negative impact on the Appalachian coal industry. EPA’s justification for the Guidance is to protect a short-lived insect that isn’t an endangered species. (Cooler Heads)
Bloomberg gives $50M to anti-coal effort
By Andrew Restuccia
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will donate $50 million over four years to a Sierra Club campaign to wean the country off coal power.
“Ending coal power production is the right thing to do, because while it may seem to be an inexpensive energy source the impact on our environment and the impact on public health is significant,” Bloomberg said in a statement Thursday. “Coal is a self-inflicted public health risk, polluting the air we breathe, adding mercury to our water, and the leading cause of climate disruption. ” (E2 Wire)
Bloomberg Harms Environment with Gift to Sierra Club
Sometimes things don’t work out the way we expect. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg today announced a $50 million gift to the Sierra Club. His motive? “Coal is a self-inflicted public health risk…and the leading cause of climate disruption.”
But what will actually come out of the Bloomberg gift? (The Foundry)
Andhra Pradesh at the forefront of Indian ‘coal rush’
Energy generated from new coal-power stations in this single state could eclipse emissions from an entire country
A single Indian state is to build a new fleet of coal-power stations that could make it one of the world’s top 20 emitters of carbon emissions – on a par with countries such as Spain or Poland.
The proposed coal plants in the south-eastern state of Andhra Pradesh are part of a wider Indian “coal rush” to bring power to the country’s hundreds of millions living without electricity. They face opposition from local people and environmental NGOs who warn of farmland being turned over to opencast mines and coasts being threatened with pollution from ports that will handle coal.
Germany Could Restart Nuclear Plant to Plug Energy Gap
Germany’s energy agency is warning that one of the German reactors mothballed in the wake of Fukushima may have to be restarted to make up for possible power shortages this winter and next. Berlin is also using money earmarked for energy efficiency to subsidize coal-fired power plants. (Spiegel)
Amazing Chuzpah: Germany To Fund New Coal Plants With Climate Change Fund Cash
EPA Regulations Will Kill Coal, Jobs in Texas
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wants to ensure that everything is bigger in Texas, including the state’s electricity rates and unemployment lines.
On July 7, the EPA adopted a rule to place even more stringent regulations on sulfur dioxide emissions that could shut down the use of lignite coal in Texas. (The Foundry)
Cross-State Air Pollution Rule: Latest Salvo in President’s War on Coal