Japan To Build 45 New Coal Power Plants

Coal fired power plant.

Environmental activists are fuming over Japan’s plans to build as many as 45 new coal-fired power stations in the coming years. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is still firmly behind plans to build coal plants, despite repeated pressures from environmentalists to stop construction of the major new coal plants. Abe wants more new coal plants to make sure the island nation isn’t too reliant on any one source of electricity. Officials promised to replace nuclear power with wind or solar, but this caused the price of electricity to rise by 20 percent. –Andrew Follett, The Daily Caller, 1 February 2017

Australia’s Turnbull government is planning to help fund the construction of new clean-coal-fired power stations¬≠ in an extraordinary meas¬≠ure to intervene in the looming energ¬≠y security and pricing crisis. In a move to address the premature closures of state power plants, the federal government will look to either repurpose plants or directly invest in the construction of new-generation coal-fired plants in partnership with the ¬≠private sector. A senior government source confirmed Malcolm Turnbull had asked late last year for options to fund “ultra-super-critical power plants” to provide clean-coal alternatives and lower fuel costs, which would not only ¬≠alleviate price pressure for consumers and business but arrest the decline in Australia’s competitive advantage in manufacturing. –Simon Benson, The Australian, 1 February 2017

Senate Democrats boycotted a planned committee vote Wednesday on President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move that delays the nomination but also risks prolonging the confusion that’s gripped an agency lacking clear leadership. Because Republicans are in the majority in the Senate, the Democratic boycott, which prevented the committee from voting Wednesday, will likely delay but not derail Mr. Pruitt’s confirmation. –Amy Harder, The Wall Street Journal, 1 February 2017

It looks like the EPA will be the agency hardest hit by the Trump sledgehammer. For eight years, President Obama used the agency as his de facto enforcer of environmental policies he couldn’t pass in Congress even when it was controlled by his own party. If Obama was the climate-change bully, then the EPA was his toady, issuing one regulation after another aimed at imaginary polluters who were allegedly causing global warming. Jobs were lost, companies were bankrupted, and an untold amount of economic growth was stymied out of fear of reprisals from this rogue agency. The courts halted many of the EPAs most overreaching and unlawful policies initiated by Obama — such as the Clean Water Rule and Clean Power Rule, two regulations aimed at farmers and coal producers. Unsurprisingly, people in these sectors voted heavily for Trump. –Julie Kelly, National Review Online, 31 January  2017

For environmentalists worried about future Supreme Court decisions on climate change, the biggest difference between Donald Trump’s nominee to the court and Barack Obama’s boils down to one word, Chevron. Neil Gorsuch, chosen by Trump to fill the vacancy of Antonin Scalia, is seen as a steadfast foe of the Chevron standard. That principle says courts should defer to federal regulatory agencies when the regulators are carrying out laws that are ambiguous. Chevron is the main reason that climate hawks reacted as they did to the Gorsuch nomination. Gorsuch calls Chevron an “abdication of judicial duty.” And that duty is to “interpret the law and declare invalid agency actions inconsistent with those interpretations.” That only heightens the panic of environmentalists who, having lost control of both chambers of Congress and of the White House in less than a decade, fear losing out in the Supreme Court. –John H Cushman Jr., Inside Climate News, 1 February 2017

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    Hans Schreuder


    What the environ”mental”ists should rather protest about is the vile pollution in China and Mongolia caused by the huge demand for rare minerals necessary for their beloved “renewable” (NOT) wind turbines and solar PV panels. But no, that pollution is not in their backyard so is conveniently “invisible”. There is nothing renewable about their turbines or solar panels and they most certainly are not carbon negative nor even carbon neutral when all processes are taken into account. But hey, the general public is bamboozled by the “green feel-good” banner and the media are only too happy to sell ever more papers shouting about a non-existent danger from a bit more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. The entire “green” propaganda machine has everything the wrong way around. Shame is on them for their insidious ways of manipulating the public at large. There never has been nor will there ever be, definitive scientific proof that carbon dioxide makes the earth warmer, quite the opposite, it is a coolant! Get your head around that before protesting over coal-fired power stations.

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    The pretenders called environmentalist’s don’t criticize the biggest polluter on the planet (China ) because it would be politically incorrect and they love suppression government .
    Who else could wipeout millions of lives the way China does . A population pruner all star and the greenies love it because when you pull back the not so green curtain that is one of their main objectives . Corporate welfare bums are just along for the ride and governments can’t let a good scare go untaxed .

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      Excellent Amber

      Totally accurate and concise.

      Don’t expect any leftist extremist ( democrat / liberal / progressive )
      to understand it. It is beyond their mental compass.

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    It was pointed out a long time ago that over-regulation would push production to Third World countries. Better to compromise, keep factories here, they’d pollute less and provide jobs and many more spin-off jobs. How many environmental activists and protesters would take a factory job if they were offered one?

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