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  • In coal we trust: Australia's voters back PM Morrison's faith in fossil fuel [barf]

    05/19/2019 9:10:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 19, 2019 3:37 AM | Sonali Paul
    Australia’s re-elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison once brandished a lump of coal in parliament, crying, “This is coal — don’t be afraid!” His surprise win in what some dubbed the “climate election” may have stunned the country, but voters should know what comes next in energy policy — big coal. Battered by extended droughts, damaging floods, and more bush fires, Australian voters had been expected to hand a mandate to the Labor Party to pursue its ambitious targets for renewable energy and carbon emissions cuts. Instead, Saturday’s election left them on course to re-elect the Liberal-led center-right coalition headed by...
  • North Korean ship used to transport coal is seized over sanctions violation, US announces

    05/09/2019 11:28:38 AM PDT · by NRx · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05-09-2019 | Katherine Lam
    A North Korean cargo vessel used to transport coal was seized in violation of international sanctions against the rogue regime, the U.S. Justice Department announced Thursday, just hours after the hermit kingdom fired two suspected short-range missiles. The 17,061-ton vessel, called the Wise Honest, is one of North Korea’s largest bulk carriers used to illicitly ship coal from North Korea and deliver heavy machinery to the Hermit Kingdom, officials said. U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said this is the first time a North Korean cargo ship was seized for violating international sanctions. “This sanctions-busting ship is now out of service,” Assistant...
  • Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

    05/01/2019 2:49:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 107 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 01/26/2019 | By ERIK KIRSCHBAUM
    Germany, one of the world’s biggest consumers of coal, will shut down all 84 of its coal-fired power plants over the next 19 years to meet its international commitments in the fight against climate change, a government commission said Saturday. The announcement marked a significant shift for Europe’s largest country — a nation that had long been a leader on cutting CO2 emissions before turning into a laggard in recent years and badly missing its reduction targets. Coal plants account for 40% of Germany’s electricity, itself a reduction from recent years when coal dominated power production. “This is an historic...
  • Sanity and Humanity Return to the World Bank?

    04/13/2019 4:02:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 13, 2019 | Paul Driessen
    President Obama infamously told Africans they should focus on their “bountiful” wind, solar and biofuel. If they use “dirty” fossil fuels to raise living standards “to the point where everybody has got a car, and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over.” So when South Africa applied for a World Bank loan to finish its low-pollution coal-fired Medupi power plant, his administration voted “present,” and the loan was approved by a bare majority of other bank member nations. The Obama Overseas Private Investment Corporation refused to support construction of...
  • Becker, Winter to Give Xcel a Blank Check ( Colorado )

    04/12/2019 7:25:26 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    Representative K.C. Becker and Senator Faith Winter have introduced legislation that would give Xcel Energy a green light and blank check to prematurely close existing power plants, replace them with expensive, intermittent resources, and then force captive electric ratepayers to pick up the tab with interest for the massive fuel switching scheme and workforce transition plans. ... Colorado Energy Plan (CEP) .. The monopoly utility is more than willing to build and build and build so it can fuel switch to utility-scale wind, solar, and batteries (which don’t really exist yet) at the expense of Colorado ratepayers. Instead of saving...
  • Australia's coal bonanza at risk as Chinese import 'ban' spreads

    03/21/2019 11:22:34 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | 21 Mar 2019 | Martin Farrer and Ben Smee
    ….It remains unclear why Australian imports have been targeted for the hold-ups at customs.. ... Tension between Canberra and Beijing has been growing in recent years amid concern about China’s military ambitions in the South China Sea but has intensified over the reach of technology companies such as Huawei and ZTE, the “state actor” cyber-attack on Parliament House and the rejection of Huang Xiangmo’s visa. However, there are also intriguing market-centred reasons why China might want to reduce its reliance on foreign resources and which suggest that Australia’s coal industry could be facing a more existential threat. Alex Turnbull, of...
  • The global impact of coal power

    02/20/2019 8:38:04 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    Science Daily ^ | February 19, 2019 | by ETH Zurich
    With data and modelling from almost 8,000 coal power plants, researchers present the most comprehensive global picture to date of climate and human health impacts from coal power generation. To estimate where action is most urgently required, the research group led by Stefanie Hellweg from ETH Zurich's Institute of Environmental Engineering modelled and calculated the undesired side effects of coal power for each of the 7,861 power plant units in the world. "More than half of the health effects can be traced back to just one tenth of the power plants. These power plants should be upgraded or shut down...
  • Bill calls for carbon-free electricity in NM by 2045 (Power by sun, wind, rainbows & unicorn farts)

    02/08/2019 2:34:24 PM PST · by CedarDave · 51 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 7, 2019 | Kevin Robinson-Avila
    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham threw her support behind a comprehensive energy bill Thursday that could pave the way to a 100 percent carbon-free electric grid in New Mexico by 2045. Senate Bill 489, co-sponsored by Democratic lawmakers Mimi Stewart and Jacob Candelaria in the Senate and Nathan Small in the House, sets aggressive requirements for public utilities to acquire renewable resources over the next 20 years while eliminating all carbon-emitting generation. It also authorizes the use of bonds for Public Service Co. of New Mexico to pay for costs associated with closing the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station near Farmington...
  • Pickup drivers block Tesla chargers in widening trend

    01/02/2019 3:09:13 PM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 114 replies
    E&E News ^ | 01/02/2019 | Maxine Joselow
    Forget "rolling coal." A new trend called "ICE-ing," in which pickup truck owners purposefully block electric vehicle charging stations, appears to be gaining ground around the country. The practice, whose name is derived from "internal combustion engine," was observed over the holidays at a Sheetz gas station in Hickory, N.C. Reddit user Leicina shared a photo on Dec. 23, 2018, of three large pickups blocking access to Tesla Inc. charging stations. The drivers apparently chanted "----Tesla." "I've never had a supercharging experience like this one," wrote Leicina, who owns a Tesla Model 3. "These trucks blocked all the chargers, chanted...
  • Trump EPA orders rollback of Obama mercury regulations

    12/29/2018 4:59:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 29, 2018 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. Overall, environmental groups say, federal and state efforts have cut mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants by 85 percent in roughly the last decade. Mercury causes brain...
  • John Kasich talks about guns, coal, Tom Noe

    12/18/2018 9:51:35 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 13 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | 12-16-2018 | Darrel Rowland
    Gun laws “You will get gun reform when the public says they’ve had enough. Until they’ve said enough, it’s not going to happen. ... There’s going to come a point where people say enough of this.” Constitutional amendments He would support a GOP measure to make changes more difficult “only if they come with the idea of making it easier to get on the ballot with the (initiated statute). “If it’s not, I think we should reject it, because the public needs to be heard. I’d rather this (trivial) stuff doesn’t go into the constitution, but if you don’t give...
  • Wind and solar clash with energy reality

    12/11/2018 2:35:23 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/18 | J. Winston Porter
    In the name of protecting the environment, some public and political leaders want most of our electrical energy to come from renewables. The reality is that wind and solar combined supply only 17 percent of electricity-generating capacity in the U.S. and even less globally. This has not deterred environmental organizations and some members of Congress from raising public expectations about renewables. A group of Democrats, led by Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), is floating the idea of a “Green New Deal” calling for a transition to 100 percent renewable power. At the same time, 29 states are pressing ahead with renewable...
  • Trump EPA acts to roll back control on climate-changing coal

    12/06/2018 6:52:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 6, 2018 | Ellen Knickmeyer
    The Environmental Protection Agency acted again Thursday to ease rules on the sagging U.S. coal industry, this time scaling back what would have been a tough control on climate-changing emissions from any new coal plants. The latest Trump administration targeting of legacy Obama administration efforts to slow climate change comes in the wake of multiplying warnings from the agency’s scientists and others about the accelerating pace of global warming. In a ceremony Thursday at the agency, acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler signed a proposal to dismantle a 2015 rule that any new coal power plants include cutting-edge techniques to capture...
  • Leaders stress need to win support for climate measures

    12/03/2018 4:59:56 PM PST · by mdittmar · 35 replies
    ap ^ | 12/3/2018 | FRANK JORDANS and MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
    KATOWICE, Poland (AP) — As leaders attending the U.N.’s annual climate summit heard fresh warnings about the dire consequences of leaving global warming unchecked, a new issue emerged Monday as a pressing concern: how to persuade millions of workers their industry can’t have a future if humanity is to have one.Hosting the talks in the heart of its coal region of Silesia, Poland tried to set the tone for the two-week meeting by promoting the idea of a “just transition” for miners and other workers facing layoffs as countries adopt alternative energy sources. “We are trying to save the world...
  • Back to blackouts: SA in the dark as Eskom stumbles ( South Africa )

    12/02/2018 7:18:10 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Tech Central ^ | 30 November 2018 | Paul Burkhardt
    Eskom’s warning that the country was threatened by months of rotating blackouts became a reality in less than 24 hours. The state-owned company, which produces most of South Africa’s power, said on Wednesday that controlled blackouts could return and last throughout the year. Even more concerning is that the company expects energy availability of the system will keep declining into early next year and probably only recover to current levels in six months. By Thursday, Eskom announced it was cutting 1GW from the grid. It doubled that amount on Friday in an outage that’s scheduled to last 13 hours. For...
  • Thousands protest German coal phaseout

    10/26/2018 8:43:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 10.24.2018 | kw/jm/rt (Reuters, dpa)
    Under banners: “Without good work, no good climate! We are speaking out for our jobs,” as many as 20,000 mine workers took part in demonstrations organized by the IG BCE and Verdi trade unions on Wednesday in Bergheim near Cologne, Germany. IG BCE President Michael Vassiliadis has been a member of the coal commission since the summer. He called for a more respectful approach toward mine workers, akin to the attitude shown environmentalists campaigning to save the ancient Hambach forest. “The actions of forest conservationists are given maximum understanding,” Vassiliadis told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “But employees’ concerns are often...
  • Bluestone hiring nearly 300 new mine workers

    10/25/2018 11:33:24 AM PDT · by buckalfa · 3 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | October 25, 2018 | Pete Davis
    BECKLEY, W.Va. — Bluestone Resources announced on Thursday it is hiring 290 additional workers for the company’s coal mines in West Virginia, Virginia and Kentucky. Bluestone Resources Inc CEO Jay Justice Most of the new positions will be at the Keystone Surface Mine in McDowell County and at the Bishop Surface Mine in Tazewell County, which is reopening. Bluestone also will be hiring miners at its Wise, Virginia, and Pike County, Kentucky, sites. Jay Justice, who operates the mines for Justice Companies, said in a press release that a variety of jobs are being offered, and that a new training...
  • The New Age of Coal

    09/22/2018 9:40:20 AM PDT · by rktman · 15 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 9/22/2018 | Christopher Mendoza
    No matter how hard environmental do-gooders are trying to kill coal, they're clearly not succeeding. According to a new report by the Energy Information Administration, despite the ongoing fear-mongering from the left, coal continues to be a major source of power generation in both developed and emerging nations, accounting for as much of the world's electricity today as it did in the 1990s. As it turns out, coal has proven to be incredibly resilient in Asia and Africa, where it has been pushed up by rising demand. This information may come as a shock for anti-coal crusaders, but IT should...
  • Trump’s policies making a real difference

    09/21/2018 2:21:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Citizen's Voice ^ | September 21, 2018 | George Dethlefsen
    Editor: President Trump’s tax cuts are working — in more ways than one. Just take a look at the energy industry. Because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, more than 100 electric, gas, and water utility providers have slashed their rates, rewarding customers with cheaper energy. All in all, recent utility rate reductions amount to $3 billion. That’s $3 billion in energy savings for Main Street America. Having a level playing field for all forms of energy, and employing an “all of the above” strategy, lowers the price you pay for energy. And financially healthy energy companies are better...
  • Xcel does an end run on the legislature — with an assist from Colorado’s PUC

    09/20/2018 7:02:33 AM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Colorado Politics ^ | September 20, 2018 | Ray Scott
    When the Colorado Public Utilities Commission recently approved Xcel Energy’s Colorado Energy Plan, the commissioners made a highly politicized decision that ignored economic reality, bypassed the state legislature and allowed the company to break its promise to save customers money. Coloradans should be troubled not just by the plan itself, but by how it won approval through an end-run of the democratic process. In August 2017, Xcel unveiled the Colorado Energy Plan .. The plan’s cheerleaders, including Gov. John Hickenlooper and state agencies, celebrated the monopoly utility’s proposal to spend $2.5 billion on fuel switching ... Earlier in 2017, Xcel...