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  • Wyoming’s coal use mandate raising ratepayer utility bills

    02/12/2024 3:50:15 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 28 replies
    Public News Service ^ | Feb 12, 2024 | Eric Galatas
    Starting this month, 145,000 Wyoming ratepayers will make a down payment on what's projected to add up to billions of dollars in additional costs. Regulators recently approved Black Hills Energy's new $1.1 million surcharge on utility bills to research the viability of adding controversial carbon capture technologies to coal-fired power plants. Rob Joyce, acting director of the Wyoming Chapter of the Sierra Club, said the rate increases are due to the state's mandate for utilities to continue burning coal. "The people who benefit from these kinds of policies are the legislators who are connected to legacy fossil fuel companies, utilities...
  • Biden Makes Coal Great Again As Exports Soar To India

    02/07/2024 6:01:04 AM PST · by woodbutcher1963 · 16 replies
    Badlands Media ^ | Feb 7, 2024 | Badlands Media via Substack/Zero Hedge
    US thermal coal exporters recorded more than $5 billion in overseas sales in 2023, shipping upwards of 32.5 million metric tons of the high-polluting power fuel, according to Reuters, citing data from ship-tracking firm Kpler. These coal export earnings were the second highest since 2017, trailing only behind 2022's $5.7 billion. This comes as US utility coal usage for electricity generation tumbles to the lowest in this century. Reuters points out diverging trends between sliding domestic coal use at power plants and a surge in coal exports. They called this "hypocrisy, given the country's ambitions to become a global leader...
  • US thermal coal exports hit 5-year highs and top $5 billion in 2023

    02/06/2024 7:45:28 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 1, 2024 | Gavin Maguire
    United States exporters of thermal coal earned more than $5 billion in 2023 as they shipped out more than 32.5 million metric tons ... The thermal coal export earnings were the second-highest since 2017, following 2022's $5.7 billion. The total volumes were the highest since 2018 and came as U.S. power producers cut the amount of coal used in electricity generation to the lowest this century, ... The diverging trends between shrinking domestic coal use and robust coal exports open the United States to charges of hypocrisy .... Between 2013 and 2023, U.S. coal-fired power generation dropped by 57.5% from...
  • China’s Coal Production Hit a New Record High in 2023

    01/18/2024 10:10:23 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    Oil price ^ | Jan 17, 2024 | Tsvetana Paraskova -
    Higher power demand and efforts to boost energy security pushed China’s coal production to a record-high level in 2023, ... Chinese coal output rose by 2.9% year-over-year to 4.66 billion metric tons in 2023 ... Coal imports also rose last year, as some domestic mining operations were suspended for some time in 2023 ... Higher demand after the COVID restrictions were lifted and higher domestic coal prices led to record-high coal imports into China, which soared by 61.8% year-on-year to 474.42 million metric tons in 2023, ... In the latter part of 2023, China ramped up coal and natural gas...
  • Members Initiate Probe Into SEC's Rule Change Permitting Foreign Agents and Radical Activists to Control America's National Parks and Lands

    01/17/2024 2:46:18 PM PST · by Tench_Coxe · 22 replies
    Today, House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) and Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) led a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Gary Gensler and Director Haoxiang Zhu, seeking information on a proposed rule change to permit the listing of Natural Asset Companies (NACs) on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
  • Coal-to-protein livestock feed uses 1/1000th as much land as farming

    01/09/2024 10:02:19 PM PST · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    New Atlas ^ | January 09, 2024 | By Loz Blain
    Chinese scientists have developed a cost-effective method of converting coal into protein, which they say could feed livestock much more efficiently than natural plants, while using a tiny fraction of the land. According to Our World in Data, grazing land for livestock and farming land for animal feed production combine to take up an astonishing 40 million square kilometers (15.4 million square miles) of land. That's well over a quarter of the Earth's entire dry land area, and nearly 40% of the land defined as "habitable." This is one of the reasons the meat-heavy Western diet is under fire as...
  • Coal's Life-Saving Role Ignored By Climate-Obsessed Media

    01/09/2024 8:48:23 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Real Clear Investigations ^ | January 04, 2024 | Vijay Jayaraj
    On a recent cold winter day, residents of Munich were surprised to see people skiing in the street. Yes, that is how much snow fell in the German city and other parts of Europe during the early winter of 2023-2024. Despite a disruption to both ground and air travel, the Germans survived the freezing weather with access to heating and basic utilities. But not everyone in our world is as fortunate as those living off reliable energy sources in Western economies. Billions of people all over the world do not have access to secure sources of heat and electricity. For...
  • The Uses and Abuses of Federal Land

    12/28/2023 6:56:53 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    American Conservative ^ | Dec 13, 2023 | William Perry Pendley
    The Biden administration has continued the modern Democrat tradition of perverse federal land use policy. It comes as a surprise to most Americans that the federal government owns nearly one-third of the nation’s land mass, in excess of 640 million acres. (It also owns 1.7 billion acres of the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS), but that is another story.) Most know of the National Park Service in the Department of the Interior and its 80 million acres of parks, preserves, reserves, monuments, memorials, historic sites, battlefields, and recreation areas, in every state. Many Americans may be familiar with the 141 national...
  • Transitioning away from fossil fuels

    12/28/2023 2:19:03 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 48 replies
    The Pioneer ^ | Sunday, December 24, 2023 | B. K. Singh
    OPINION The USA, Canada, Australia, Norway and the UK which had the moral responsibility to rapidly phase out oil and gas production are responsible for planned expansion from new oil and gas fields for next decade and half. How can these countries advise India to cut on coal consumption? Our greenhouse gas emission is nearly 3 Giga tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually. We are distant third behind the two top emitters China with 14 Giga tonnes and the US with 8 Giga tonnes Among the important outcomes, COP 28 text proposes to triple renewable energy capacity and double the global...
  • STEPHEN MOORE: Biden just pledged to shut down 60% of America’s electric power

    12/13/2023 4:45:15 AM PST · by RandFan · 59 replies
    NY POST ^ | STEPHEN MOORE
    The Biden administration made two virtue-signaling proclamations at last week’s COP28 conference in Dubai that it says will help save the planet from climate change. The policies aren’t likely to change the planet’s temperature by even one-tenth of a degree, but they might just destroy the 21st-century American industrial economy as we know it. First, Team Biden announced it will stop production of all new coal plants in the United States. This comes on the heels of President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency saying this year it would impose new power plant emission regulations that are virtually impossible for coal plants...
  • EU approves Germany's payments for early coal exit

    12/11/2023 6:13:26 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 18 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | December 11, 2023
    The European Commission on Monday said Germany should be allowed to pay the energy giant RWE some €2.6 billion ($2.8 billion) in state aid for the closure of coal power stations. Under German law, no more electricity is to be produced from coal from 2038 onward. However, the three-way "traffic light" coalition that makes up the German government had agreed to move the date forward to 2030. The Commission found that although the payment did constitute a form of state aid for the industry, this was necessary to achieve the goal of phasing out coal. "The Commission concluded that the...
  • Opinion: President Biden just pledged to shut down 60% of America’s electric power

    12/10/2023 6:30:05 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 48 replies
    NY Post ^ | December 10, 2023 | By Stephen Moore
    The Biden administration made two virtue-signaling proclamations at last week’s COP28 conference in Dubai it says will help save the planet from climate change. The policies aren’t likely to change the planet’s temperature by even one-tenth of a degree, but they might just destroy the 21st-century American industrial economy as we know it. First, Team Biden announced it will stop production of all new coal plants in the United States. This comes on the heels of President Biden’s Environmental Protection Agency saying this year it would impose new power-plant emission regulations that are virtually impossible for coal plants to comply...
  • Xcel Energy pitches new clean energy plan for Colorado that is nearly twice as costly as one it offered in 2021

    12/06/2023 6:36:51 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Sun ^ | Dec 6, 2023 | Mark Jaffe
    Colorado utilities regulators will consider the new plan, which was revised in hopes of capturing lucrative renewable energy credits while slashing greenhouse gas emissions... Xcel Energy has a vision for Colorado’s clean energy future — one independent power producers, consumer advocates and regulators didn’t see coming — a vision that is both expensive, with a $15 billion price tag, and unparalleled in its sweep. Xcel Energy’s preferred electric resource plan submitted to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in September includes 7,100 megawatts of new generation and storage, mainly wind and solar and nearly $3 billion in new transmission lines. “We...
  • Tri-State Closing Arizona, Colorado Coal Plants Early, Investing in More Renewables

    12/04/2023 12:27:21 PM PST · by ProtectOurFreedom · 53 replies
    Power Magazine ^ | December 2, 2023 | Darrell Proctor
    Colorado-based cooperative Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association will accelerate the closure of a coal-fired unit in the northwestern part of CO, and announced a retirement date for an Arizona coal plant. Tri-State said it wants to acquire at least another 1,250 MW of renewable energy generation over the next several years. The not-for-profit company, which serves rural electricity consumers across four western states, said the ERP filed with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission seeks to take advantage of funding from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s $9.7 billion Empowering Rural America program, part of the Biden administration’s Inflation Reduction Act. The...
  • US Signs New Climate Pact To Shut Down All Coal Plants

    12/03/2023 8:04:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | 12/03/2023 | Tom Ozimek
    John Kerry, special presidential envoy on climate matters, announced Saturday that the United States has "proudly" committed to not to build any new coal plants and to get rid of existing ones entirely."To meet our goal of 100 percent carbon pollution-free electricity by 2035, we need to phase out unabated coal," Mr. Kerry said in a Dec. 2 statement, in which he announced that the United States had officially joined a coalition of 56 other countries who all plan to ditch coal in the name of climate change.“We will be working to accelerate unabated coal phase-out across the world, building...
  • Kerry: US joining no-coal, clean power pledge

    12/03/2023 5:59:45 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 91 replies
    Boston herald ^ | 12/03/2023 | AP
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The United States committed to the idea of phasing out coal power plants, joining 56 other nations in kicking the coal habit that’s a huge factor in global warming. U.S. Special Envoy John Kerry announced over the weekend that America was joining the Powering Past Coal Alliance, which means the Biden Administration commits to building no new coal plants and phasing out existing plants. No date was given for when the existing plants would have to go, but other Biden regulatory actions and international commitments already in the works had meant no coal by 2035.
  • After The Munich Freezeout! King Charles Delivers Highly-Politicised Speech To Support Collectivist Net Zero Project

    12/03/2023 8:04:17 AM PST · by Kaiser8408a · 22 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/03/2023 | Anthony B. Sanders
    It came after the Munich freezeout where the private jets of global elites were snowed-in. But apparently most made it to Dubai for COP28. Or more apt, the Cop-out meeting where the global elites meet eating caviar and guzzling champagne and telling us to die off, eat bugs and drive idiotic EVs that most Americans can’t afford. (A $100,000 Ford F-150 Lightning??) But at least we can hear England’s royalty, King Charles, bloviate about the weather. Along with American royalty, VP Kamala Harris and Climate Envoy John Kerry who committed the US to closing down out coal burning plants. It...
  • France's Macron calls on G7 nations to 'put an end to coal' by 2030 at COP28 summit

    12/01/2023 7:04:55 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 29 replies
    France24 ^ | December 1, 2023
    French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the COP28 summit on Friday as world leaders gathered in Dubai for the second day of UN climate talks. Macron urged G7 nations at UN climate talks on Friday to set an example to other countries and "commit to putting an end to coal" by 2030. Speaking at COP28 in Dubai, Macron said investing in coal was "truly an absurdity".
  • India turns to coal as hydro generation falls

    12/01/2023 6:23:48 AM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 30, 2023 | John Kemp
    India produced a record amount of electricity from coal in October ... Coal remains fundamental to the country’s energy security ... India will depend on its mines and rail network to satisfy rapidly growing electricity demand and ensure reliability. Total electricity demand met increased by 24 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) (+21%) in October compared with the same month a year earlier. ... the electricity system turned to gas (1.6 billion kWh, +103%) and especially coal (28 billion kWh, +33%) to meet demand. Coal-fired generators produced a seasonal record of 111 billion kWh in October 2023 up from 84 billion kWh in...
  • Are You Ready For Power Blackouts This Winter?

    11/27/2023 8:13:01 AM PST · by bitt · 54 replies
    andmagazine.substack.com ^ | 11/27/2023 | chet nagle
    Weather pundits on TV and even The Old Farmers Almanac are telling us key factors like Solar Cycle 25, El Nino, and a polar vortex moving south from the North Pole will combine to give most of the U.S. a colder and a much more snowy winter. Are we ready? Is the Biden administration ensuring our gas and coal-fired power plants are winterized and have enough fuel? Of course not. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), a not-for-profit regulatory authority whose stated mission is "to assure the effective and efficient reduction of risks to the reliability and security of...