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Are You Really Against Fossil Fuels? Read This Before You Answer

It is easy for anyone to say that they are against fossil fuels. Opposition to coal, oil and natural gas is fashionable and will prompt heads to nod and even hands to applaud in most places. But are people aware of the extent to which their lives are dependent on fossil fuels? Do they know that more than 90 percent of things used in their everyday lives are derived from fossil fuels?From your toothbrush to your car tire, a majority of the things you use today has been made possible because of fossil fuels. Shoes, refrigerators, washing machines, coffee makers, furniture, pens, eating utensils, eyeglasses, commodes, medical gear, camping equipment, and the list goes on and on. Consider the computer or the phone from which you are reading this article. They are made of glass, metal, plastic,...

Published on 1/31/2023 (18 hours ago) Oil/Gas, Coal

 

Northwestern Energy acquires Avista Energy share of Colstrip, effective 2026

HELENA —“I may be the only CEO in the utility industry adding coal to his portfolio,” said President and CEO of Northwestern Energy Brian Bird at the Great Northern Hotel Monday night.Northwestern Energy announced it signed a contract Monday acquiring all of Avista Energy in the active units in Colstrip, meaning Montana coal power will serve more Montana residents in 2026.“This provides a mechanism for both Units Three and Four to stay open through the rest of this decade, which is absolutely critical for the community, for the state, and for allowing us to have sufficient adequate power in Montana,” said Northwestern Vice-President of Supply/Montana Government Affairs John Hines.The audience included legislators, lobbyists and Gov. Greg Gianforte, who attended and gave remarks.Gianforte...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Coal

 

Thousands protest in Germany against coal mine expansion

Thousands of people are demonstrating in persistent rain to protest the clearance and demolition of a village in western Germany that is due to make way for the expansion of a coal mine.ERKELENZ, Germany -- Thousands of people demonstrated in persistent rain on Saturday to protest the clearance and demolition of a village in western Germany that is due to make way for the expansion of a coal mine. There were standoffs with police as some protesters tried to reach the edge of the mine and the village itself.Swedish climate campaigner Greta Thunberg joined the demonstrators as they protested the clearance of Luetzerath, walking through the nearby village of Keyenberg and past muddy fields. Protesters chanted “Every village stays” and “You are not alone.”Organizers said about 35,000 people...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Coal

 

A Big Green Mess In Germany With Coal A Stunning 31% Of Electricity Production

Police Start Clearing German Village Condemned for Coal MineThe Associated Press reports Police Start Clearing German Village Condemned for Coal MinePolice in riot gear began evicting climate activists Wednesday from a condemned village in western Germany that is due to be demolished for the expansion of a coal mine.Some stones and fireworks were thrown as officers entered the tiny hamlet of Luetzerath, which has become a flashpoint of debate over the country’s climate efforts, on Wednesday morning. Police spokesman Andreas Mueller said the attacks on officers were “not nice” but noted that most of the protest so far had been peaceful.By Wednesday afternoon dozens of activists remained camped out in Luetzerath, some in elaborate tree houses, as police slowly moved through the village...

Published on 1/20/2023 (11 days ago) Coal

 

Global coal consumption to reach all-time high this year - IEA

LONDON (Reuters) - Global coal consumption is set to rise to an all-time high in 2022 and remain at similar levels in the next few years if stronger efforts are not made to move to a low-carbon economy, a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday.High gas prices following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and consequent disruptions to supply have led some countries to turn to relatively cheaper coal this year.Heatwaves and droughts in some regions have also driven up electricity demand and reduced hydropower, while nuclear generation has also been very weak, especially in Europe, where France had to shut down nuclear reactors for maintenance.The IEA's annual report on coal forecasts global coal use is set to rise by 1.2% this year, exceeding 8 billion tonnes in a single...

Published on 12/19/2022 (43 days ago) Coal

 

IEA predicts renewable energy to overtake coal by 2025

The global capacity for producing renewable energy will soar by some 75% in the next five years, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Tuesday, citing energy security concerns as a key reason.Energy security worries triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine have motivated countries to turn to renewables such as solar and wind to reduce reliance on imported fossil fuels.What the IEA report saidAccording to the forecast, renewables will account for over 90% of global electricity expansion over the next five years, overtaking coal to become the largest source of global electricity by early 2025.The IEA expects worldwide capacity to grow by some 2,400 gigawatts — the equivalent of China's current entire power capacity — to 5,640.That increase is 30% higher than the growth predicted a...

Published on 12/8/2022 (54 days ago) Coal

 

TVA chooses natural gas to replace the Cumberland coal plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority has selected a combined cycle natural gas power plant to replace the Cumberland coal-fired plant in Cumberland City, 45 miles northwest of Nashville. There will be a minimum 30-day period before TVA CEO,Jeff Lyash makes a final decision on whether to accept the recommendation.The Cumberland Fossil Plant is TVA's largest coal-fired power plant. The plant generates enough energy to power 1.1 million homes each year. TVA intends to retire the one of the plant's units by 2026 and the second by the end of 2028 as part of its plan to phase out its remaining five coal-fired plants.TVA evaluated whether to replace the plant with a combined cycle gas plant, solar and battery technology, a simple cycle gas plant or continuing to burn coal.TVA's preferred alternative is...

Published on 12/8/2022 (54 days ago) Coal

 

Montana Coal Production Up Slightly

June 4, 2022 - Montana coal production is up slightly as rising natural gas prices make the fuel more competitive.Mines produced seven million tons through March, an increase of about 11% from the same period a year earlier, according to federal Mine Safety and Health Administration data.The increase comes at a time when U.S. coal production is up 3% for the year so far. Montana mine production can be attributed partly to two things, increased exports and a slight rebound in coal demand at domestic power plants. The longer trend in production is for less coal. The state has one less mine than it did in 2020, when Decker Coal went bankrupt.Signal Peak reported an increase of nearly 200,000 tons at Bull Mountain mine, which straddles Yellowstone and Musselshell counties. The mine is...

Published on 12/8/2022 (54 days ago) Coal

 

China’s Coal-Fired Power Boom Is Soaring To New Levels

climatechangedispatch.comAn unspoken truth of the climate-change crusade is this: Anything the U.S. does to reduce emissions won’t matter much to global temperatures.U.S. cuts will be swamped by the increases in India, Africa, and especially China. Look no further than China’s boom in new coal-fired electricity.Under the nonbinding 2015 Paris climate agreement, China can increase its emissions until 2030. And is it ever. [bold, links added] Between 2015 and 2021, China’s emissions increased by some 11%, according to the Climate Action Tracker, which evaluates nationally determined contributions under the Paris agreement.The U.S. has reduced its emissions by some 6% between 2015 and 2021. Beijing made minimal new commitments at last year’s Glasgow confab on climate, despite world...

Published on 11/23/2022 (69 days ago) Coal

 

Federal judge rules massive Montana coal mine expansion illegal

WesternLaw.orgLate Friday, Billings Federal District Court Judge Susan Watters ruled that a massive expansion of the Rosebud coal strip-mine was approved illegally. The expansion was approved in June 2019 by the federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM), and allowed Western Rosebud Mining, LLC (WRM) to strip-mine a new area, known as Area F.The court ruled that OSM failed to consider the impacts from this massive expansion on water resources, the Yellowstone River, and the climate. The expansion would allow the strip mining of an additional 6,500 acres containing about 70 million tons of coal, which would then be burned almost exclusively at the Colstrip power plant and release over 100 million tons of greenhouse gases. Burning the coal at the Colstrip Power Plant requires diverting...

Published on 10/6/2022 (117 days ago) Coal

 

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