Skip to comments.Climate backfire: Coal-fired power jumps as natural gas prices soar
Posted on 10/19/2021 10:45:55 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
Coal-fired electricity generation climbed this year in the U.S. for the first time since the Obama administration, spurred by spiking natural gas prices, a setback for the Biden climate agenda and a sign that the president’s drilling crackdown may be backfiring.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Monday that electricity generated by coal-fired plants is expected to jump by 22% in 2021 over last year’s levels for the first year-over-year increase since 2014.
The reason: the rising cost of natural gas, which began climbing in April and hit a 13-year high this month, fueled by pent-up pandemic demand that has overtaken production.
“The U.S. electric power sector has been generating more electricity from coal-fired power plants this year as a result of significantly higher natural gas prices and relatively stable coal prices,” the EIA said in its October short-term energy outlook.
Given that natural gas emits 50% to 60% less carbon dioxide in combustion than coal, the uptick in coal-fired generation represents a move in the wrong direction for President Biden. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change is the cornerstone of his agenda.
Coal is also making a comeback in China and Europe. The transition to green energy has exacerbated an energy crunch in some European nations.
“It’s no secret that the cleanest, most reliable fuel — nuclear — was murdered by the greens,” Clarice Feldman said in an Oct. 10 op-ed in the American Thinker. “Then natural gas, the second cleanest, became their target, so now many places are desperate for coal, the dirtiest option.”
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Let’s go Brandon!
The coal is NOT dirty. Modern coal plans emits only co2 and water. Everything else has been scrubbed out.
I have long thought they don’t particularly care how, they just want energy prices to go up…
The Traitorjoe kakistocracy is determined to bring chaos to the energy supplies for Americans this winter.
As usual, the fifth-column enemedia gaslighting will blame President Trump.
Makes no sense. Isn’t natural gas easier and more plentiful to bring to market?
Hillary hit the hardest!
How dare you!
I LOVE IT!!!! Having a husband that works at one of the largest coal fired power plants in the mid-west..... this just makes me laugh out loud! We have been the big bad wolf for so long. I want a POLAR VORTEX on the left and other left coast this winter. I want to see their power go out and they set in the dark and cold. Heartless.... yes somewhat for there are a lot of people that didn’t vote for the situation in their states, BUT the only way the “youts” of America and the stupid OLD LIBERALS will learn is to experience that which they preach to make the rest of us endure.
At GREAT EXPENSE.... I have a neighbor that has signed an option with a “solar farm” in our area. 600 acres of prime farm ground and then they complain that the utility we both use is raising our rates because they built a “solar farm”..... seriously.......
Everything Democrats do is intentionally designed to hurt America and raise their communist Chinese patrons up. Even after China ‘surprised’ their deep state tag team partners with a hypersonic missile test Democrats are also still pushing their lies about Russia being our biggest threat. I saw a video on how anyone thinking that is a national security threat, and you can check it out in crawler link top of page at Whatfinger News. The left’s motto is if at first you don’t succeed then ‘lie, lie’ again. The left aren’t stupid and communists play a great long game. They want energy expensive for Americans.
Clap, clap, clap-clap-clap.
The left lie as you and I breath air. If they aren’t lying they are dead, but yet they still vote.
Wasn’t it during Jimmy Carter’s Presidency that heating costs sky-rocketed, and people went out in droves, and bought kerosene heaters? I bought one. I’m assuming that Carter was President at the time, because I don’t recall any other energy crisis occurring until the current one Biden has created.
You know who should learn to code? Democrats, that way they can get real jobs and stop lording over the rest of us with their communist ways.
AES converted the Harding Street plant from coal to gas a couple of years ago to show how woke a truly modern American electric utility could be. I wonder what it would cost to change it back.
like the global elite could care what the price of petro is in Peoria.
It's over $4 easily here in the Bay Area, home of the Social Media&Justice Maroons.
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