Don’t write the obituary for coal just yet. In many lands near the end of global energy supply lines — China, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines, even India — coal is booming like never before!
China and India are home to over half of the world’s coal power plants. These emerging nations need reliable electric power in the effort to keep fighting their way out of long poverty. Despite virtuous claims of commitment to “renewable energy,” the reality is they cannot afford to gamble their futures on intermittent junk electricity like wind & solar.
China isn’t embracing this “Green New Deal.” Chinese President Xi Jingping has touted his country’s transition to clean, carbon-free energy and electricity from renewables, but the facts show a much different energy reality. China accounts for roughly half the world’s coal consumption.
China and India are… continuing year after year to import and burn tankers full of coal, oil, and natural gas from countries that are authoritarian, human rights abusers, and that couldn’t care less about carbon emissions, countries like Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, Iraq, Nigeria, Angola, and Algeria.
The quest for energy is how China and India will struggle for power in the 21st century… Both China and India view energy as an amoral source of power that is to be used for survival and advancement during this century. The rest of the world should take careful note. __ Their Future Is Coal
In Japan, the government is still giving lip service to “green energy.” But Japan needs reliable power to replace the nuclear plants that were shut down after the earthquake and tsunami of Fukushima fame.
A government push for green energy and rising public concerns about climate change have forced the cancellation of a few coal plants in favor of renewable sources. But the country is still on track to add more than 20 coal plants in the next five years.
… In 2011, a nuclear power plant in northeast Japan’s Fukushima prefecture was damaged by a huge tsunami and had multiple meltdowns… But total electricity consumption dipped only slightly. Where did Japan make up the difference? Fossil fuels. These went from 62% of Japan’s electricity production before the disaster to about 80% after… __ Bloomberg via WUWT
Vietnam is discovering that “renewable energy” is not reliable energy. Because its economic growth relies upon reliable energy, Vietnam is turning to coal and gas to power its economic boom-time.
The government will raise the output of coal-fired power plants by 1.9 billion kWh and oil-fired plants by 1.23 billion kWh compared with its previous plan, the statement said.
“The move is aimed at sufficiently supplying electricity for supporting socio-economic development,” the government said.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade said in July Vietnam will face severe power shortages from 2021 as the construction of new plants lags demand. Electricity consumption is expected to exceed supply by 6.6 billion kWh in 2021, and 15 billion kWh in 2023.
Vietnam’s coal imports, mostly from Australia and Indonesia, nearly doubled last year to 43.85 million tonnes, valued at $3.79 billion, the government’s customs data showed __ Reuters
Fossil Fuels Will Save the World!
“Climate change” is no reason to stop using fossil fuels. If one looked behind the curtain at what genuine climate scientists have been saying about climate change for the past 30+ years, one would have a far deeper skepticism of the hysterical political demands to stop using fossil fuels. In “climate science” we have the tail (politics and media) wagging the dog (scientific work). In such a setting, everyone is corrupted.
The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of energy will price them out of the marketplace; and (3) that we cannot afford the climate consequences of burning them.
These days, not one of the three arguments is looking very healthy. In fact, a more realistic assessment of our energy and environmental situation suggests that, for decades to come, we will continue to rely overwhelmingly on the fossil fuels that have contributed so dramatically to the world’s prosperity and progress. __ More from Matt Ridley
Until Advanced Nuclear Takes Up the Slack
The future of electric power for advanced societies will be new generations of safer, cleaner, more affordable and more reliable, scalable nuclear power & heat. With the perfection of better nuclear sources for power & heat, the need to burn fossil fuels will wither significantly.
Let’s take another look at the energy densities of various “fuels”, to illustrate why nuclear fission — and eventually nuclear fusion — will be the main sources for electric power & heat for humans over the next hundreds of thousands of years:
Nuclear power has gained a significant number of new advocates recently because of its “carbon-free” nature. But the main reasons for going nuclear are the high energy densities of fission and fusion, the high reliability of nuclear power, the long lives of nuclear power plants, the excellent safety record, and the affordability of nuclear power — once the parasitic lawyers and activists are taken out of the equation.
The progression of advanced nuclear fission development has barely begun:
With advanced nuclear power, every conceivable climate on and around the planet Earth and cis-lunar space can be made livable.
More: Since junk electricity from intermittent sources is a dead end, finding better ways to generate useful and affordable power & heat from more reliable resources on hand, is important. Besides oil & gas, this world can provide abundant resources of coal, kerogen, bitumen, gas hydrates, and other reliable and affordable fuels. All of these are inferior to advanced nuclear, but in order to maintain critical infrastructures of advanced societies one uses what is available at the time.
A very interesting approach to using coal —
A more detailed look at the gasification process —