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By William F. Jasper
The New American
The People’s Republic of China, the undisputed Pollution King of the world, is ramping up its production of coal-fired power plants — not only in China, but in dozens of other countries as well.
But, strangely, China remains the new darling of the climate-change alarm choir. The communist regime, which is notorious for pumping colossal volumes of deadly toxins into the air, water, and land, is being celebrated as the new global environmental champion.
By Abby Harvey, GHG Daily Monitor
With three large-scale projects months from operation in the U.S. and a recent reprioritization in the Department of Energy’s coal office, carbon capture utilization and storage is about to have its moment, David Mohler, deputy assistant secretary for clean coal and carbon management within the DOE Office of Fossil Energy, said Thursday. “I think we’re at a pretty pivotal time,” he said during a presentation at the U.S. Energy Association’s Annual Energy Supply Forum. “I think we’re about to turn the corner for CCUS.”
I submitted this response to the NY Times editorial board on March 29th. However, I did not receive a reply to my email and the response was not printed. Therefore, I am publishing it on the Coalblog to get our views out to the public. — Jason Hayes, ACC
I was concerned to see “Wall Street’s Retreat From King Coal,” the New York Times Editorial Board’s March 27, 2016 account of market and regulatory factors affecting coal, its characterization of coal’s environmental performance, and its criticism of Senator Mitch McConnell’s defense of the U.S. coal industry.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published to the ACC’s online magazine website (www.acclive.com) in January 2015. It has been moved to the Coalblog as part of our redesign of our online publications.
By Donna Laframboise, Frontier Centre for Public Policy
This article was originally published at https://www.fcpp.org/posts/when-emissions-disappear-so-do-jobs.
Following Barack Obama’s recent visit to China, the White House issued a joint U.S.-China climate announcement that says, “China intends to achieve the peaking of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions around 2030.” But that isn’t news.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published to the ACC’s online magazine website (www.acclive.com) in November, 2014. It has been moved to the Coalblog as part of our redesign of our online publications.
Climate change actually has little to do with energy choices
Bob Carter and Tom Harris
In his Oct.2 address on the economy at Northwestern University, President Barack Obama told students, “If we keep investing in clean energy technology, we won’t just put people to work assembling, raising and pounding into place the zero-carbon components of a clean energy age. We’ll reduce our carbon emissions and prevent the worst costs of climate change down the road.”
I recently received an email that pointed to a Financial Post article on the EPA’s latest GHG emissions rule. At the top of the linked article was another one of these badly photoshopped images that attempt to portray power plant emissions in a terrifying light.
The caption for the photo read, “Power plants are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S., accounting for about a third of the annual emissions that make the U.S. the second largest contributor to global warming on the planet.” The photo was titled “carbonemissions.jpg.”
Take a look at the picture and judge for yourself.
It’s always just a matter of time. The great minds working at our universities, research centers, and in our industry will always find a way.
Ohio State University researchers say they have created a process to draw energy from coal without burning the fossil fuel, reducing 99 percent of the pollution tied to climate change.
It’s called “coal-direct chemical looping” and so far the U.S. Department of Energy has invested about $5 million in the process, which is ready to go from small-scale OSU labs to a larger test facility in Alabama tailor-made for the experimental work.
Jason Hayes, ACC Communications Director was quoted today in an AP story discussing the changing American energy diet and CO2 emissions.
Jason Hayes, a spokesman for the American Coal Council, based in Washington, predicted cheap gas won’t last.
“Coal is going to be here for a long time. Our export markets are growing. Demand is going up around the world. Even if we decide not to use it, everybody else wants it,” he said. Hayes also said the industry expects new coal-fired power plants will be built as pollution-control technology advances: “The industry will meet the challenge” of the EPA regulations.
This July 20 Reuters article demonstrates that global CO2 emissions will rise or fall based largely on what China, India, and the remainder of the developing world do.
The article details the findings of the recent European Commission’s Joint Research Centre report. While U.S.-based CO2 emissions fell by 2% (110 million metric tonnes), China’s emissions rose by 9% (800 million metric tonnes). China now “represents 29% of global emissions versus 16% for the U.S.” The report also details how the U.S. is no longer even the largest emitter of CO2 on a per capita basis. That distinction is held by Australia, with the U.S. now in second place.