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  • 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...
  • Trump's rollback of pollution rules to hit coal country hard

    09/03/2018 7:19:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 63 replies
    AP ^ | 9-3-2018 | AP Science Writer Seth Borenstein
    It's coal people like miner Steve Knotts, 62, who make West Virginia Trump Country. So it was no surprise that President Donald Trump picked the state to announce his plan rolling back Obama-era pollution controls on coal-fired power plants. Trump left one thing out of his remarks, though: northern West Virginia coal country will be ground zero for increased deaths and illnesses from the rollback on regulation of harmful emission from the nation's coal power plants. An analysis done by his own Environmental Protection Agency concludes that the plan would lead to a greater number of people here dying prematurely,...
  • How looking environmental can make you a crony fortune ( Xcel Colorado )

    09/02/2018 6:03:05 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    wsoe ^ | September 1, 2018 | Jon Caldara
    Xcel again proved its preeminent power over every crack and crevasse of state government when the governor’s appointed Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel’s plan to close two state-of-the-art power plants a decade before they’re supposed to. At the same time the PUC acknowledges Xcel was lying when they said the move would save us money. ... The public relations spin on this corporate heist is glorious. Even though the coal-fired power plants, Comanche 1 and 2, are the most clean-burning that modern technology allows, making them the cleanest in the nation, they still use vilified coal, so this move looks...
  • As coal jobs become scarce nationwide, one small Kentucky city is hiring (120 jobs)

    09/01/2018 10:02:47 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    WTVF-TV ^ | August 31, 2018 | Nicole Vowell
    HAZARD, Ky - As the national debate about coal jobs continues, many workers left the industry and trained for new jobs. But some workers held on, and it could pay off, as one small Kentucky city begins hiring again. The City of Hazard, located in eastern Kentucky, is one of the top 3 coal-producing areas within the state. It was also hit hardest by the gradual collapse of the coal industry. “I mean, it’s just tearing everything apart,” says Hazard Mayor Jimmy Lindon. The mayor has called Hazard home his entire life, and he’s seen what coal cutbacks have done...
  • Alton Coal Tract Decision Has Potential to Create Over 100 New Jobs in Utah

    08/31/2018 8:22:08 AM PDT · by LiberalismDestroys · 3 replies
    ETVNEWS ^ | August 31, 2018 | Scottie Draper / BLM Press Release
    Consistent with Secretary Zinke’s priorities for responsible development of energy on public lands and serving America, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has released the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Alton Coal Tract Lease by Application for Federal coal resources on lands near Alton, Utah. The decision selects the preferred alternative and includes protective stipulations that will be incorporated in the lease, which will help minimize, or eliminate, effects to wildlife, air, water, recreation and other issues of concern. “Today, after more than a decade of rigorous environmental studies, I was happy to hear that the Trump administration took...
  • Nancy Pelosi Mocks the Use of Coal Power: “With All Due Respect to WV” – Video 8/22/18

    08/23/2018 7:06:56 PM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 14 replies
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 23, 2018 | Brian
    Here is Democrat Nancy Pelosi laughing at and mocking the Coal Industry in America – particularly the idea that a Coal Power Plant use to provide energy to the Capitol. Pelosi said when she became Speaker of the House, she saw to it that was stopped – “with all due respect to West Virginia” and the late Sen. Robert Byrd. You can be sure, if Democrats regain power they will try to kill the renewal and resurgence being experienced by the Coal Industry under President Donald Trump. . . .
  • South Korean companies violating sanctions by allegedly importing North Korean coal

    08/16/2018 10:11:58 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Aug 2018 | Chloe Sang-Hun
    More than 33,000 tons of North Korean coal was illegally imported to South Korea last year in violation of United Nations and other sanctions, the South Korean government said Friday. A government customs agency, the Korea Customs Service, asked prosecutors to indict the heads of three South Korean companies that transport coal. It said the companies imported the North Korean coal, totaling $5.8 million in value, between April and October of last year, and it accused them of falsifying documents to indicate that the coal was of Russian origin. The owners of 14 ships involved in transporting the coal from...
  • Donald Trump Explains Why He Hates Windmills

    08/13/2018 5:25:30 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 13 Aug 2018 | 13 Aug 2018
    President Donald Trump ridiculed windmills as a source of energy on Monday, professing his appreciation for coal instead. The president spoke about energy during a fundraiser in New York, pointing out that coal was an “indestructible” form of energy, but it was easy to destroy a windmill. Why Windmills are the Worst — by @realDonaldTrump pic.twitter.com/t5WqMu9hSe — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) August 13, 2018 “Bing, that’s the end of that windmill,” Trump said, imitating someone shooting a windmill. The president pointed out that windmills also kill birds. “They kill so many birds, you look underneath some of those windmills, it’s like...
  • Barrasso Condemns Bank of the West Anti-Fossil Fuels Policies

    08/09/2018 6:33:59 AM PDT · by george76 · 26 replies
    Wyoming Network ^ | 8-8-18 | John Barrasso
    U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) sent a letter to Bank of the West President and Chief Executive Officer Nandita Bakhshi pushing back on the bank’s decision to no longer conduct business with companies engaged in the exploration and production of coal, oil and natural gas. Bank of the West, headquartered in San Francisco, CA, has 23 branches with dedicated employees who work hard to serve communities and families across Wyoming. In his letter, Barrasso condemned the San Francisco headquarter’s attack on Wyoming’s communities and businesses that depend on fossil fuels for energy security, jobs and economic growth. “This misguided and...
  • Killing coal by private means

    08/06/2018 10:38:39 AM PDT · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 8/6/2018 | Thomas Lifson
    Coal has become the enemy of city-dwelling, affluent believers in global warming. Yet it continues to be cheap and available for many countries, especially China and India, that want to expand their power grids to raise their standards of living to a level approaching that of the warmists who insist that doom awaits if atmospheric CO2 levels rise. So how can the poorer countries in the world, whose governments insist on improving their citizens' lives with electricity now and worries about hypothetical assertions based solely on computer models later, be forced to comply with the elites' desires? The warmists have...
  • North Korea gets illegal oil, enlists Syria arms broker: UN report

    08/04/2018 12:06:03 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | August 3, 2018 | AFP
    North Korea has resorted to a "massive increase" of illegal ship-to-ship transfers of oil products at sea to evade UN sanctions and enlisted a Syrian arms broker to sell weapons to Yemen and Libya, a UN report said Friday. In a 62-page report sent to the Security Council, the UN panel of experts also listed violations of a ban on North Korean exports of coal, iron, seafood and other products that generate millions of dollars in revenue to Kim Jong Un's regime. North Korea also "attempted to supply small arms and light weapons (SALW) and other military equipment via foreign...
  • Who’s to Blame for Global Warming?

    08/03/2018 7:21:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies
    The New Republic ^ | August 1, 2018 | By EMILY ATKIN
    The New York Times Magazine has done something unprecedented. On Wednesday, it released an entire issue containing just one article on the subject of global warming. “Losing Earth,” by Nathaniel Rich, chronicles the ten-year period from 1979 to 1989 in which scientists reached consensus about human-caused climate change, and politicians nearly came to a global-scale solution. Informed by more than 100 interviews and 18 months of reporting, the piece twists and turns around a zany cast of characters who bravely risked their careers to solve the climate crisis. There’s no spoiler alert needed for the ending: They failed. But it’s...