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  • Coal powers China: While the West wages war on coal, hydro-carbons power China’s industrial and military might

    01/18/2021 6:51:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/18/2021 | Viv Forbes
    While the West wages war on coal, hydro-carbons power China’s industrial and military might. China uses massive amounts of coal to generate electricity, smelt metals, and manufacture cement -- they generate almost twice as much electricity as the USA, and two thirds of that is coal-powered. In China, wind power is a token 5% (probably earning carbon offsets from western shysters). But the stop-start power from wind/solar is not allowed to interrupt reliable base-load generators like coal. In Australia, wind and solar are promoted, protected and subsidized. Their variable output requires quick-start electricity from gas, hydro or batteries to maintain...
  • Steam trains are nearing end of the line: Old-style locomotives could stop running as plans for new coal mine are blocked

    01/06/2021 3:05:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 15 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 5, 2020 | Lizzie Deane
    Steam trains could stop running after plans for a new coal mine were blocked. The Heritage Railway Association has warned that the industry could be jeopardised by Newcastle City Council’s refusal to grant planning permission for a new mine, as supplies of English steam coal are expected to run out early this year. It said the decision had ‘dashed the hopes of Britain’s heritage railways’, which need affordable coal to continue operating.
  • Mass blackouts after China cuts Australian coal imports

    12/19/2020 10:56:02 AM PST · by ameribbean expat · 63 replies
    China is suffering mass power cuts in the south, prompting cities to dim street lights, suspend factory production and tell office blocks to turn off heating unless the temperature falls below 3C. The electricity crisis appears to have been prompted by a shortage of coal after Beijing banned imports from Australia. China imposed trade bans against Australia after Canberra demanded an inquiry into the origins of coronavirus and criticised Beijing’s treatment of the people of Hong Kong.
  • Not Even Donald Trump Could Reverse Coal’s Decline

    12/07/2020 11:11:10 AM PST · by buckalfa · 36 replies
    WV MetroNews ^ | December 7, 2020 | Hoppy Kercheval
    Donald Trump embraced coal during his 2016 campaign. The crowd at a Charleston rally four years ago broke into wild applause when he told them, “I’m thinking about miners all over this country. We’re gonna put the miners back to work. We’re gonna get those mines opened.” It has not worked out that way. In fact, employment and production are levels are behind where they were when he took office. We will get to the reasons for that in a moment. But first, the Trump administration has tried to lend a helping hand to coal. Taylor Kuykendall, energy and mining...
  • Coal workers fear a Biden presidency will decimate industry

    10/30/2020 1:29:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 29 2020 | Hollie McKay
    In the tight-knit, Shelocta, Pa., coal mining community, American flags flap gently in the fall breeze; children peddle bicycles through the wide-open streets set against the neat wooden homesteads and plots of green grass dusted in fall leaves -- it is the essence of suburban American. But there is a lingering veil of uncertainty. Tuesday's Presidential vote could bring about significant changes for the strong and proud, who for generations have lurched far below the earth's surface into the sooty pleats of the underground to extract vital sources of energy. "The mine is the lifeblood of our entire town; 85%...
  • Why Pennsylvania miners are voting Trump — even though he didn’t bring jobs back

    10/24/2020 9:58:25 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 52 replies
    New York Post ^ | 10/24/2020 | Salena Zito
    SYCAMORE, Pa. — The one thing all the guys know about Sara Vance is she never cries. Which is why her co-workers — all men — dropped their tools when Vance suddenly broke down in a flood of tears after she failed to shovel coal into a conveyor belt. Pregnant with her first child and just weeks before the due date, she was 1,200 feet below the surface of the earth with no easy way out.
  • How Biden Will End Fracking Without a Ban. Like Obama, he’d kill the energy industry by a thousand regulatory and legislative cuts.

    10/21/2020 4:19:35 AM PDT · by karpov · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 20, 2020 | Steve Milloy
    Joe Biden is probably telling the truth when he says he won’t “ban” fracking. A president can’t do that by executive order. And even if Democrats seize the Senate, a legislative ban would be politically risky. Far more likely is that a Biden administration would end fracking via indirect means, by taking a regulatory nibble here and a legislative bite there. While Mr. Biden has flip-flopped on fracking, he has consistently pledged to outlaw drilling on federal lands. That would affect 8% of all U.S. oil production, 9% of gas production, and 6% of natural gas liquids production. He has...
  • Energy security and economic fears drive China's return to coal

    09/30/2020 6:12:04 PM PDT · by blueplum · 24 replies
    Reuters via msn ^ | 30 Sep 2020 | David Stanway
    QINGYANG, China (Reuters) - Red coal trucks zip up and down narrow dirt tracks, churning up clouds of dust in China's remote Gansu province. Nearby, the towering stanchions of a new railway bridge rise out of a muddy river winding through the hills. The Huaneng Group, one of five big Chinese state utilities, is building a $1.9 billion 4 gigawatt coal and power project in the northwestern region near the city of Qingyang, with the aim of delivering its electricity to the east of the country.... ...[China] added 11.4 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity in the first six months of 2020,...
  • Fact Check: Did Biden Say No Coal Power Plants Will Ever Be Built In America If He Wins?

    09/30/2020 1:04:34 AM PDT · by wrrock · 38 replies
    TG ^ | 9/30/2020 | Evan
    Did Biden Say No Coal Power Plants Will Ever Be Built In America If He Wins? YES “Nobody’s going to build another coal-fired plant in America. No one is going to build another oil-fired plant in America,” Biden said. “They’re going to move to renewable energy.” – Joe Biden WATCH VIDEO...
  • WV Coal Industry Sees Threat in Appalachian Power-Sierra Club Agreement

    09/24/2020 7:42:09 PM PDT · by buckalfa · 15 replies
    WV Metro News ^ | September 21, 2020 | Hoppy Kercheval
    Commentary: The largest electric utility in West Virginia has entered into an agreement with an environmental group that coal industry officials fear could lead to the shutdown of two major coal-fired power plants in the state. Under the agreement between the Sierra Club and Appalachian Power, the utility will conduct “retirement analyses” for the John Amos power plant at Winfield and the Mountaineer power plant near New Haven. Appalachian Power serves 465,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the state, and those two power plants provide about 70 percent of the power generated by the utility in West Virginia. Jeri...
  • 12 Years Ago Joe Biden Falsely Claimed He Was A "Hard Coal miner."

    09/20/2020 7:52:55 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 72 replies
    Youtube ^ | 9/20/20 | Biden
    12 Years Ago Joe Biden Falsely Claimed He Was A "Hard Coal miner.""I hope you won't hold it against me but I am a hard coal miner, anthracite coal Scranton Pennsylvania. OK that's where I was born and raised and it's nice to be back in coal country. " Twelve second video here.
  • Trump has long wanted to kill a Russia-Germany natural gas pipeline. Navalny’s poisoning could do it for him

    09/08/2020 12:51:01 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Fortune ^ | Sep 2020 | David Meyer
    Thanks to the Kremlin, U.S. President Donald Trump may soon see one of his dearest wishes come true. Nord Stream 2, a nearly completed project that would pipe natural gas from Russia under the Baltic Sea to Germany, has thus far withstood major diplomatic assaults from the United States. But now, with the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, there is growing pressure on German Chancellor Angela Merkel to kill the $11 billion scheme. Construction on Nord Stream 2 began in 2018, after Germany granted planning permission for its end point in the northeastern German town of Lubmin. It...
  • Travel in the land of long ago... Coaling/Bunkering an Ocean Liner

    09/01/2020 2:53:38 PM PDT · by NRx · 12 replies
    YouTube ^ | 08-27-2020 | The Great Big Move
    Have you ever wondered how all that coal got onboard an ocean liner before a voyage? It's a complex process and takes place over the course of many, many hours or even days and I don't envy those who did the work.
  • Solar Panels Are Starting to Die. What Will We Do With The Megatons Of Toxic Trash?

    09/01/2020 11:52:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 119 replies
    American Experiment. ^ | August 27, 2020 | Isaac Orr
    Most people seem to believe that wind and solar panels produce no waste and have no negative environmental impacts. Unfortunately, these people are wrong. In reality, everything that humans do has an environmental impact, whether it be mining, using a coal-fired power plant, or even tourism. When it comes to energy and environmental policy, the real question to ask is not “will there be an impact?” but rather, “can the impacts be minimized?” ... Because everything has an effect on the environment, it is important that everyone understands the impacts of all energy sources so we can make the best...
  • United States Files Complaint to Forfeit More Than $2.37 Million From Companies Accused of Laundering Funds to Benefit Sanctioned North Korean Entities

    07/23/2020 2:39:38 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 4 replies ^ | July 23, 2020 | U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Columbia
    WASHINGTON - The United States has filed a complaint to forfeit $2,372,793 associated with four companies, announced the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael R. Sherwin, Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Chicago Field Office, and Steven Cagen, Special Agent in Charge of the HSI Denver Field Office.            The complaint alleges that the four companies laundered United States dollars on behalf of sanctioned North Korean banks.  According to the complaint, the North Korean banks used these laundered funds as part of a scheme to procure goods for...
  • Coal mines could store old turbine blades [ Wyoming ]

    08/16/2020 11:05:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Wyoming News Exchange ^ | August 15, 2020 | Camille Erickson
    Wind energy companies will have the option of using decommissioned wind turbine blades as backfill material when reclaiming surface coal mine sites soon, thanks to a new bill signed into law earlier this year. But first, the state needs to set the rules. ... The blades.. are made of fiberglass. Fiberglass is a tricky material that can’t be recycled or easily repurposed. And as utility companies look to replace aging wind turbines, the machines’ blades are being buried in stacks at a handful of landfills around the country, ... old mine sites to suddenly become a landfills, which could affect...
  • India Declares Coal Splurge: US likely to Benefit

    06/26/2020 7:50:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Townhall ^ | 06/26/2020 | Vijay Jayaraj
    While the pandemic and political unrest have taken center stage in the U.S. and Europe, some major policy developments in Eastern part of the world have gone unnoticed. Among those is the big fossil fuel push by India and China. India, in particular, has gone public with its intentions to open new coal mines and increase coal production. It has even celebrated the decisions publicly. These are huge developments that are likely to have a lasting impact on the global energy scene and the politics surrounding the controversial and restrictive Paris climate agreement. They most probably will also impact future...
  • Coronavirus will trigger biggest ever plunge in energy demand, emissions: IEA

    05/01/2020 7:38:03 PM PDT · by fluorescence · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 30, 2020 | Noah Browning, Susanna Twidale
    Global energy demand could slump by 6% in 2020 due to the restrictions placed on homes and industry in what would be the largest contraction in absolute terms on record, according to Paris-based IEA, which advises industrialised nations on energy. The slump would lead to a drop in carbon dioxide emissions of 8%, six times larger than the biggest fall of 400 million tonnes recorded in 2009 following the global financial crisis, according to the IEA, which described its estimate as conservative. ... Carbon intensive coal demand has so far been hit the hardest by the pandemic, with demand in...
  • Coal miners told to keep working during the outbreak despite close quarters, damaged lungs

    03/26/2020 7:51:36 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 22 replies
    MSN ^ | 1 day ago | Will Englund
    When Pennsylvania ordered coal mines closed because of the coronavirus, then reversed course and declared them to be “essential,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, who made a fortune in coal, was quick to mock his neighbors. “Coal is so essential it is unbelievable,” said Justice, a Republican. “We have to have good electricity flowing into our homes.” The mine workers union agrees with him. So does President Trump, who has spent the past three years talking up the coal business. But in the face of the pandemic, is coal mining actually so essential? Because of the nature of the work...
  • Pennsylvania governor orders coal mines to close

    03/20/2020 1:42:56 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 88 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Mar. 20, 2020 4:04 PM ET | Carl Surran
    Coal miners including Consol Energy (CEIX -13.9%) and Contura Energy (CTRA +2.1%) must shut their mines in Pennsylvania by tonight after the governor ordered "non-life-sustaining" to close in an attempt to control the spread of the coronavirus. The state's list of "life-sustaining businesses" included oil and natural gas extraction, steel mills and metal production but specifically excluded coal mining. The move has the potential to remove a large volume of coking coal from the global market. B. Riley FBR analyst Lucas Pipes says the worst-case scenario would have operations down through Q2 but "a shutdown lasting a week to several...