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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Trump revives coal

The War on Coal ended on November 8, 2016. I will give you a guess about which side won.

"The U.S. last year produced 773 million short tons of coal, 45 million more than 2016. That was the largest year-to-year increase in nearly two decades, government numbers show," the Washington Times reported.

It gets better. Europe imported a record amount of coal from the USA in 2017.



President Trump ended the Marx Madness about coal.

Joe Biden spilled the beans in 2008 when he told an eco-whacko on the campaign trail: "No coal plants here in America. Build them, if they're going to build them, over there. Make them clean. We’re not supporting clean coal."

And Obama said: "If somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.

"Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad."

He admitted he lied about there not being a war on coal

We ended that. The top two coal producing states are, in order, Wyoming and West Virginia.

The top two Trump supporting states were, in order, Wyoming and West Virginia.

Coal is back.

"By a thin margin, coal will be the top source for U.S. power generation in 2017, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's monthly Short Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday," Fred Pace reported on July 16, 2017.

"The EIA report projects coal will fuel 31.3 percent of electricity in the U.S. in 2017, compared with 31.1 percent for natural gas. In 2016, natural gas surpassed coal as the nation's top fuel for the first time, totaling 33.8 percent of generation compared with 30.4 percent for coal. Experts take differing views on the long-term significance of the recent uptick for coal, but the industry seems glad to have some good news."

But it is Europe's Junkfood Junkie approach to global warming that fuels the big bump in U.S. coal production.

"Even though U.S. coal consumption decreased, higher worldwide demand for U.S. coal led to greater coal production," the EIA reported.

In a way, Joe Biden is getting his wish.

"Total exports in 2017, shot up to 95 million short tons, a 58 percent increase over the previous year. About 31 million short tons of that went to Asia, nearly double the amount from 2016. China alone imported 2.8 million short tons through September 2017 — a wild increase over the previous year’s 205,000," the Washington Times reported.

"Total exports to Europe reached 40 million short tons — 13 million more than in 2016."

That was a record.

"Some of the most fertile markets in Europe are nations with leaders that have been the most outspoken in bashing Mr. Trump for pulling out of the global Paris climate pact, an Obama-era agreement that the current administration says unfairly punished the U.S. while letting major polluters such as China off the hook," the Times said.

Maybe we should ban coal exports to France. Let them freeze to death in the dark, as the old union saying goes.

Nyah.

We aren't a vindictive people.

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19 comments:

  1. Yes, we produce more coal. But, are we producing more employment in that industry?

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    1. You mean are the jobs Obama killed coming back? The plants that Obama killed aren't likely to come back; who's going to spend that kind of money when they know a future democrat admin is going to be just as rabid in ideology as the current crop of watermelons masquerading as democrats.

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    2. If automation reduces certain jobs, other jobs open up - installing and maintaining the equipment, plus the ancillary support industries - parts, transportation, etc. that is why the industrial revolution expanded the economy and workforce - not shrink it.

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    3. Mining, though thoroughly despised by Democrats and RINOs, is a great job creator. I just retired from almost 30 years with a mine that has been my state's biggest private, single site employer for a long time. The left fought against it big time back in the day. Our little, rural county is at or near the top in average income for the state due to the mine. Many area and regional businesses have profited from this operation over the years. All our schools have been renovated or replaced, and crummy roads are now great. Young people who would have left the area for jobs have been able to stay here and raise families. No wonder the left hates mining so much.

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  2. “Wyoming and West Virginia.”

    You may recall that, in “It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, there was a fortune buried under the Big W.

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  3. Germany bet big on solar and Muslim immigrants.
    It is to laugh.
    JimNorCal

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    1. Most bone-headed play since Manzikert, that.

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    2. Maybe they will burn Muslim immigrants to generate electricity. Kill two birds with one stone, so to speak. - Elric

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    3. Merkel, the worst German Chancellor since Hitler, used the Japanese tsunami as a pretense to shut down German nuke plants. You really have to wonder who left-wing Western leaders really work for.

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  4. I'll bet Joe Manchin had nothing to do with this.

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    1. I'll bet Manchin fought it every step of the way.
      JimNorCal

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  5. Obama and the democrats don't give a crap how many Americans become collateral damage from their fundamentalist ideology. It's so nice to have a President in office who's looking out for us.

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  6. yeah. Aren't you the folks go gave us Joe Manchin?

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  7. Coal supported my family from the 1930’s, when my parents got married, through my graduation from college in 1968, and through my Dad’s retirement until 2000. Not an easy life for him, but an honest one, for which I am ever grateful.

    JC

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  8. Yep. We won the War on Coal. When will we have a victory parade? I'd like to see Obama in chains being marched under the victory arch. - Elric

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  9. Diversity in energy production is more strategically important than in almost any other aspect of national life except possibly for agriculture.

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  10. Not vindictive? Check out the activist leftists around here. They're part of us as a people, too. Conservatives aren't vindictive -- but we need to get more active. Is it possible to be an activist without being hateful? It is on the right. Dunno about the left! -- BJ54

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    1. Oh, come on! You know that NOBODY does "vindictive" better than the Left.

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  11. Liberals *hate* coal. They never miss an opportunity to explain to me that coal is on the way out and it's being replaced by natural gas and tinkertoys of wind/solar/biomass. They explain this with happiness and as if it is a fait accompli, it is happening, coal is disappearing, nothing anyone can do about it. Liberals' refusal to acknowledge facts is amazing, and these people are everywhere in academia, gov't, and the private sector.

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