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Saturday, January 21, 2017

President Trump begins the battle to save coal

Poca stands across river from the John E. Amos Power Plant, a coal-fired operation that produces electricity for 400,000 residential, 72,000 commercial, and 2,650 industrial customers.

The electricity is cheap and clean. I would not live in a town that is dirty.

But coal competes with natural gas and Chesapeake Energy paid the Sierra Club $25 million to launch a Coal Is Filthy campaign a decade ago.

Joe Biden pledged to close down coal and bankrupt coal companies.

For eight years, that has been President Obama's rule.

That changed on Friday

From President Trump's White House:
Sound energy policy begins with the recognition that we have vast untapped domestic energy reserves right here in America. The Trump Administration will embrace the shale oil and gas revolution to bring jobs and prosperity to millions of Americans. We must take advantage of the estimated $50 trillion in untapped shale, oil, and natural gas reserves, especially those on federal lands that the American people own. We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure. Less expensive energy will be a big boost to American agriculture, as well.
The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.
In addition to being good for our economy, boosting domestic energy production is in America’s national security interest. President Trump is committed to achieving energy independence from the OPEC cartel and any nations hostile to our interests. At the same time, we will work with our Gulf allies to develop a positive energy relationship as part of our anti-terrorism strategy.
And we learn from Canada that shutting down coal plants does not clean the air, rather it just makes electricity more expensive.

From the Toronto Sun:
Ontario’s hell-bent determination to phase out coal-fired generation raised electricity rates without significantly improving air pollution levels, a new Fraser Institute report says.
Report co-author Ross McKitrick, an economics professor at the University of Guelph, said the findings should act as a cautionary tale for Alberta and Ottawa currently going down the same road.
Even though there was reliable information available at the time that showed Ontario coal was not a big player in common air pollution ingredients, the political agenda made it impossible to discuss less expensive options to full closure, he said.
“They just demonized it up and down — made it impossible to even have the conversation,” added McKitrick. “They turned it into a really dirty word and that had the effect of shutting down the whole discussion even before it began which, of course, led to a lot of really bad decision making ... The lessons translate directly over to Alberta.”
Ontario closed its last coal plant in 2014, and made it illegal to open any more.
The most significant closures were the Lambton and Nanticoke stations which represented 25% of the province’s total supply of electricity.
So Canada made electricity more expensive with little if any benefit.

More from the story:
The Fraser Institute report, Did the Coal Phase-out Reduce Air Pollution, looked at the impact of closing the plants on the level of fine particulates, nitrogen oxides and ground-level ozones in Toronto, Hamilton and Ottawa.
The small and, in some cases, statistically insignificant improvements in air quality in a few locations could have been achieved more cheaply with pollution control devices like scrubbers, the report concluded.
Residential wood-burning fireplaces, dust from unpaved roads and even meat cooking were bigger contributors to fine particulate emissions than coal-fired generation, according to the 2005 Environment Canada Air Pollution Emissions Inventory.
Junk science, the bane of humanity.


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  1. Based on this report the Canuck greenies will want to ban wood burning fireplaces and meat cooking. Oh and also no driving on unpaved roads.

    1. Makes sense. Shouldn't hurt anyone too much. After all, y'just can't find too many folks at the end of unpaved roads using wood burning stoves or grills as meat cookers up there. /sarc

  2. You can't trust anything the media says about energy. Or climate. Or science in general. Also, economics. Politics. Foreign policy. Business. Pretty much the whole newspaper except for sports and obituaries. Which is unfortunate ...

  3. There's a natural tendency toward centralization in some people. this leads to a notion that when there are multiple options one must prove naturally superior and when they get the idea that one of these is better than the others they drive toward making that one option the only one. I think that they are unaware of this tendency. Solipsistic idiots.
    They consider themselves to be good Darwinists who are letting natural selection take place but deciding where the development should go. Being on the right side of history means that you decide where history is going to take us. Just like Marxism but without 2,000 pages of argumentative drivel.
    We had the same thing with electronic medical records. No. We couldn't sit back and wait to see how people would incorporate the technology into practice and see what worked best. We had to jump in with both feet and fuck up the practice of medicine royally.
    It all comes from this idiotically unconscious tendency of people who never engage in self examination. They know the future and you are going to be a part of it or get ostracized.

    1. Yeah, Doc. Ostracized, or worse...

      Now it's 1984
      Knock knockin on your front door
      It's the Suede Denim Secret Police
      They have come for your uncool niece...

      - California Uber Alles, Dead Kennedys

  4. John Amos used to put out a lot of flyash that could eat into the paint on cars. Sometimes you had to sweep your porch twice a day. Those days are gone, which is why they no longer use two of their old smokestacks - the new ones scrub all the particulates out and only steam emerges. Coal is the cheapest way to generate electricity. It also is a cash cow for state budgets. West Virginia is facing a nearly half million dollar shortfall, and the war on coal is a big part of the reason. Coal supports many other industries such as railroads, river barges, mining equipment, trucking firms, etc., not to mention all of the assorted workers and especially the coal miners. President Trump's U.S. Energy policy: All of the Above. Drill, baby, drill, and dig, baby, dig. - Elric

  5. Bring It On...

  6. How's the export market for coal?
    I keep hearing stuff that the market for coal in the US is declining and it wouldn't be economical to reopen closed mines.
    Allowing that as being true, isn't there still an export market for coal?

  7. Fake news, fake science, climate change. Liberal legacies.

  8. Liberalism is a mental disease.

  9. Once the particulates, heavy metals, nitrous oxides, and sulfurous compounds are scrubbed out of coal power plant emissions, everything left is pretty much harmless, At least it was, until radical greenies got on the CO2 bandwagon, and convinced a lot of suckers that man-made COP2 causes significant global temperature increase,