Why the World is Turning to Coal: It Works!

Per a report from the World Coal Association, there [are] currently 861 billion tons of proven coal reserves worldwide, implying that there is enough coal to last nearly 112 years at current rates of production. In comparison with this, proven oil and gas reserves are predicted to last around 46 and 54 years, respectively, at current production levels.

Coal Turning Around

Massive Coal Renaissance in Asia

Just a few short years ago, few would have dared to predict that coal could have a future in the energy policies of emerging and developed countries alike. Yet the fossil fuel is undergoing an unexpected renaissance in Asia, buoyed by technical breakthroughs and looming questions about squaring development with energy security. __ Why is Asia Returning to Coal?

India, China, and Japan are turning to coal to power their industry and power grids for a very good reason: Coal works! 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks per year, year after year . . . coal provides power and heat to drive industrial economies — affordably. The only other forms of energy that might substitute reliably and predictably in producing high quality electric power and industrial process heat, are other hydrocarbons — primarily natural gas — and high temperature nuclear reactors.

For the long haul, the orders-of-magnitude greater energy density of nuclear reactions makes them the long-term solution for human energy-power-heat needs. Modern coal plants which eliminate almost all genuine pollutants, should be seen as a bridge to advanced nuclear reactors of all kinds.

Germany Would Die Without its Coal Plants

Germany has been forced to open more coal plants to make up for the political closure of nuclear plants, and the inherent unreliability of its massive buildup of wind and solar installations.

Germany is giving the rest of the world a lesson in just how much can go wrong when you try to reduce carbon emissions solely by installing lots of wind and solar.

After years of declines, Germany’s carbon emissions rose slightly in 2015, largely because the country produces much more electricity than it needs. That’s happening because even if there are times when renewables can supply nearly all of the electricity on the grid, the variability of those sources forces Germany to keep other power plants running. And in Germany, which is phasing out its nuclear plants, those other plants primarily burn dirty coal.

__ Technology Review

No one in possession of the real world facts believes that steady and reliable coal plants can be replaced by innately unreliable wind and solar plants — particularly in an industrial export dependent country such as Germany.

South Australia in Serious Danger from Green Energy

Australia has plenty of coal, but politicians in South Australia have opted for an overreliance on intermittent, unpredictable, unreliable wind energy. Given the life or death nature of electric power for driving modern societies, betting it all on unreliable energy sources is the hallmark of ideological insanity. Heads should be rolling.

South Australia, the world’s renewable energy crash test dummy, is once again experiencing horrendous power price spikes and rolling blackouts, thanks to excessive reliance on wind, a lack of dispatchable power capacity, and high demand caused by a Summer heatwave… Wind power is only producing 7% rated capacity.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg blamed the blackouts on the SA government’s renewable energy target, which he described as ‘‘madness’’.

The rolling blackouts make a mockery of South Australian government assurances in December, that the state of South Australia has sufficient thermal power capacity to meet requirements. __ WUWT

Good intentions are one thing. Forcing your political constituents to commit energy suicide unnecessarily is something else.

Coal is by far the most stable source of energy. A majority of the coal consumed in U.S. is actually produced in America and at the same time coal industry provides jobs to thousands of Americans.

___ http://www.investopedia.com/partner/zacks/coal-showing-signs-turnaround-solid-longterm-choice/

Coal is the Best Bet for Africa and Emerging World

Africa, with over 60 percent of its population without power, has told the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit last week that it will use coal to provide its residents with power, just as the developed world used the fuel for industrialization. As Tanzanian Minister of Power Sospeter Muhongo said, “We in Africa, we should not be in the discussion of whether we should use coal or not. In my country of Tanzania, we are going to use our natural resources because we have reserves which go beyond 5 billion tons.”[i] His country currently uses so little coal that at present rates, its supplies would last 50,000 years.

Tanzania is a good example of an industrializing nation in Africa that is attempting to move its population forward, and provide the benefits that electrification brings. Currently, only 24 percent of the population is connected to the grid (and only 7 percent of rural residents), and in order to develop clean water systems, pumping capacity is needed.[ii]

__ http://instituteforenergyresearch.org/analysis/60-africans-without-power-will-build-coal-fired-power-plants/

Only energy sadists such as Obama or Clinton would attempt to force unreliable, exorbitantly expensive, rapidly degrading wind/solar onto struggling nations such as those in Africa, Latin America, and the rest of the undeveloped and emerging worlds. Unlike the zombies of the political and bureaucratic worlds, Trump has actually worked in the real world and understands what works and what doesn’t to keep the world running. Coal works. Wind/solar do not work without massive government subsidies, mandates, tax breaks, and handouts — and ruinously expensive spinning backup from coal and gas plants.

Why Large Scale Wind/Solar are Incompatible with Power Grids

Two useful PDF reports provide important information into why it is so expensive and so risky to attempt to integrate large scale intermittent energy supplies such as wind/solar into a modern power grid:

MIT: Managing Large Scale Integration of Intermittent Renewables (PDF)

Comparing the Costs of Intermittent and Dispatchable Sources of Electricity Generating Technologies (PDF)

Unlike deceptive reports from renewable energy promoters and enthusiasts, the reports above look more deeply and honestly into the hidden costs and complications of unpredictable intermittency when forced onto critically important shared power grids. The advanced world can no longer afford to ignore the threats to their economies, industry, and critical infrastructure which are posed by expensive and unreliable electrical energy sources.

Any attempts to smooth the intermittency of wind/solar with energy storage systems would only add immense costs to the energy equation. Such an intentional retreat from affordability represents an attitude of combined suicide/homicide toward economies and energy consumers on all levels.

Greens would prefer to see the human population of Earth decrease by up to 90% or more. Knowing this, it is not difficult to understand why green politicians would promote energy policies that threaten to destroy the economies of advanced nations using pseudoscience such as the Climate Apocalypse Cult as an underlying rationale.

Without the global demand provided by markets in Europe and the Anglosphere, the economies of the undeveloped and emerging worlds would also collapse. In a world of universally collapsed markets, it would not take long for the horsemen of famine, plague, war, and privation to emerge and dominate. A human dieoff under those conditions would be certain, with only the magnitude and geographic scope of the dieoff in doubt. A 90% dieoff across many areas is not an outrageous expectation in such a case.

For now, the world is turning to coal because, unlike wind/solar, coal works!

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood.

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3 Responses to Why the World is Turning to Coal: It Works!

  1. infowarrior1 says:

    I have an OT question. What’s your thoughts on why architecture and a lot of what man builds and makes have such aesthetic poverty as in being physically ugly even though it is functional?

    • alfin2101 says:

      Humans are still living and working in caves, figuratively and literally. If they can break through to the next level — to an abundant and expansive future — they may spare more time for aesthetics. Most humans cannot think beyond basic appetites and feelings.

      • infowarrior1 says:

        Public Architecture of the past alongside the Palaces of Kings were impressive.

        Public Architecture and the travesty of ”Modern Art” now is just terrible so there may be a cultural component as well.

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