World Falls In Love With Coal That Obama Is Waging War On

At the very moment President Obama has decided to shutter America’s coal industry in favor of much more expensive and less efficient “renewable energy,” coal use is surging across the globe.

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A new study by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences detects an unmistakable “coal renaissance” under way that shows this mineral of fossilized carbon has again become “the most important source of energy-related emissions on the global scale.”

Coal is expanding rapidly “not only in China and India but also across a broad range of developing countries — especially poor, fast-growing countries mainly in Asia,” the study finds.

Why is coal such a popular energy source now? The NAS study explains that many nations are attracted to “(relatively) low coal prices . .. to satisfy their energy needs.” It also finds “the share of coal in the energy mix indeed has grown faster for countries with higher economic growth.”

In sum, using coal is a stepping stone to prosperity. So much for it being a satanic energy source.

Hardly a day passes without evidence that coal is making a major comeback:

• Some 1,200 coal plants are planned across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India, according to the World Resources Institute.

• Coal use around the world has grown about four times faster than renewables, according to the global energy monitoring publication BP Review of World Energy 2015.

• German coal “will remain a major, and probably the largest, fuel source for power generation for another decade and perhaps longer,” the Financial Times concludes.

• “The U.S. is dropping coal plants at an unprecedented rate, but still nowhere near as quickly as India is adding them,” Bloomberg Business reckons.

“By the end of this year, some 7.5% of the U.S. coal fleet will have disappeared … . But by 2020 India may have built about 2.5 times as much capacity as the U.S. is about to lose.”

Then, of course, there’s the world’s biggest coal addict by far — the People’s Republic of China. According to a 2014 report from Eric Lawson of Princeton University, a leading climate change apocalyptic on the left:

“The reality is that fossil fuels dominate China’s energy landscape, as they do in virtually every other country. And the focus on renewables also hides the fact that China’s reliance upon coal is predicted to keep growing.”

Lawson’s calculations of how coal use is growing in China are jaw-dropping. “From 2010 through 2013, (China) added half the coal generation of the entire U.S. At the peak, from 2005 through 2011, China added roughly two 600-megawatt coal plants a week for seven straight years.

“And according to U.S. government projections, China will add yet another U.S. worth of coal plants over the next 10 years, or the equivalent of a new 600-megawatt plant every 10 days for 10 years.”

All this underscores the foolishness and futility of the Obama climate-change regulations designed to drastically reduce coal production in the U.S. As we use less and the rest of the world uses more, the impact on global temperatures will be very close to zero.

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    Qwerty

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    Coal is one of the most dangerous energy sources due to the sulfurous compounds that are released from burning it. These chemicals cause acid rain which is very damaging to forests and other ecosystems, and even buildings (needless to say, humans as well). If you don’t limit coal plants for the carbon, do it because of the sulfur.

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      amirlach

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      Tell it to China and India.

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        Qwerty

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        China is already feeling the effects of coal’s emissions. There’s a big black smog covering the sky in Beijing that makes it very hard to breathe and is causing the Chinese no end of ailments, often lung related. They are feeling the effects of coal burning and are concerned. Many citizens in Beijing can be seen wearing face masks in the streets.

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          amirlach

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          Yeah… They are “concerned”? Really? Must be why they keep building coal plants like crazy right? 😀

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      Me

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      So you never heard of an invention called scrubbers?

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        Qwerty

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        Scrubbers don’t remove all of the sulfur dioxide. 80%-95% seems like a lot, but with constant, high volume use, and hundreds of coal plants like that, there is quickly enough sulfur for acid rain. It’s far better with them than without, of course, but scrubbers don’t solve the problem.

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          Me

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          Yeah, that’s the problem, people like you aren’t satisified until you get rid of that industry, and then there were those on your warmist side that wanted to use sulfur aerosols to do what again?

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            amirlach

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            Just watch naked and afraid to see the self loathing leftards carbon free utopian world view in action.

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            Qwerty

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            With respect to the environment, there is little justification for coal power plants, at least with our current technology.

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            Me

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            Yeah. your one of them types.

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    GR82DRV

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    Energy is about evolution. Technology slowly improves and we develop all energy sources toward their inherent potential. To argue that coal is not perfect, and therefore needs to be stopped, is simply foolish or intentionally reckless. If “perfect” was the standard we never should have even [i]started[/i] solar, wind, or biofuels – and that’s [i]with[/i] the enormous jump start that those noncompetitive technologies continue to receive with our tax dollars.

    This all-or-nothing energy attitude of the left belies their true intention – the destruction of our free market infrastructure. [i]-Destroy the successful to establish the dysfunctional…[/i]

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      Qwerty

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      The argument is more like: because it is dangerous, we should probably stop.

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        JayPee

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        And on what authority and proof does anyone declare dangerousness ?

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