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Energy / Coal

Canada's Environment Ministry Getting Tough with Coal Industry

Aug 24, 2011 at 07:40 | Gloria Gonzalez

Canada’s environment ministry has proposed tougher regulations for coal-fired power plants, but they do not go far enough to help the country achieve its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets,…

The Importance of Coal to India's Economy

Aug 12, 2011 at 07:31 | Ag Metal Miner

India’s coal reserves have been assessed at about 286 billion tons this year, about 3.25 percent higher than the previous year’s 276.8 billion tons, according to a published report. Citing…

Clean Coal and Underground Coal Gasification

Aug 05, 2011 at 07:37 | Al Fin

The reserve limits for coal, for China as well as the rest of the world, can be postponed for several generations if the technology to gasify coal underground can be…

Why Coal Prices Will Soar in the Coming Years

Jul 19, 2011 at 08:18 | Post Carbon

World energy policy is gripped by a fallacy — the idea that coal is destined to stay cheap for decades to come. This assumption supports investment in ‘clean-coal’ technology and…

Is Coal Actually Saving us from Global Warming?

Jul 08, 2011 at 07:57 | Energy Digital

In a contradiction that scientists, skeptics, businesses, governments and the media never saw coming, coal emissions may actually be both contributing to global warming and reducing it.  While this may…

Peak Coal and Chinese Economic Growth

Jul 06, 2011 at 08:17 | The Oil Drum

This is a guest post by Dr. Minqi Li. Dr. Li was a political prisoner in China from 1990 to 1992. He received a PhD in economics from University of…

A Clean Way to Use the United States Abundant Coal Reserves

Jun 23, 2011 at 07:34 | Al Fin

The US has roughly 1 trillion barrels of oil equivalent in coal resources, or more. It has twice that amount in kerogen resources, but we are looking at coal specifically.…

Indian Coal Shortages has Steel Producers Worried

Jun 15, 2011 at 08:03 | Ag Metal Miner

Recent research on coal imports in India has worried the country’s steelmakers, which are already under pressure from the rise in iron ore prices and coal prices. According to the…

High Coal Prices Leading to Increased Power Shortages in China

May 09, 2011 at 07:41 | Stuart Burns

China may be the world’s largest producer of coal for power generation, but as the world’s largest consumer, the proportion that it imports is still arguably the single biggest driver…

Historical Insights into the Dark Side of Coal

Feb 23, 2011 at 07:17 | The Oil Drum

I have a special emotional relationship with Telemaco Signorini's painting "The Riverbank." The area shown in the panting has changed very little from the time when the painting was made…

China's Enormous Appetite for Coal Causing Environmental Concerns

Feb 04, 2011 at 09:22 | David Caploe PhD

Even as developed countries close, or limit construction of, coal-fired power plants out of concern over pollution and climate-warming emissions, coal has found a rapidly expanding market elsewhere: Asia, particularly…

An In Depth Look at Coal

Jan 26, 2011 at 07:24 | Al Fin

The energy we get from coal today comes from the energy that plants absorbed from the sun millions of years ago. All living plants store solar energy through a process…

Big Coal’s Political Contributions to Congress Pay Off

Jan 25, 2011 at 07:01 | David Caploe PhD

As President Obama makes ever clearer his incomprehensible desire to do even more for the corporate sector than he has already, one industry that will certainly be reaping rewards is…

The Hype Surrounding Peak Coal

Jan 11, 2011 at 10:18 | The Oil Drum

Lately there has been a mild, but growing, level of hype about the coming epoch of peak world coal extraction. As with any other non-renewable resource, the amount of coal…

U.S. Coal Industry Suffering from Low Natural Gas Prices and Environmental Opposition

Jan 08, 2011 at 10:40 | David Gabel

The Washington Post has announced that in 2010, not a single new coal-fired power plant was constructed in the United States. This marks the second year in a row in…

Coal Prices Soar Following Australian Floods, But Re-Insurance Market Relatively Unaffected

Jan 07, 2011 at 11:02 | Charlotte Dudley

Widespread flooding in northern Australia has caused economic disruption and sent coal prices soaring, but reinsurers are likely to avoid heavy losses, according to industry participants. Dom del Re, a…

Europe’s Low Carbon Goals Dealt a Blow as Clean Coal Plant Goes into Administration

Dec 10, 2010 at 16:27 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The "Powerfuel" company that owns Hatfield Colliery in Yorkshire has entered administration due to lack of investment. The intention was to improve the mine and develop a "clean coal" power…

Some Economics of the Great Coal Game

Dec 07, 2010 at 09:01 | Ferdinand E. Banks

Several years ago I politely asked every student in my course on oil and gas economics at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) to  master some important materials dealing with…

India And China Vie For Coal Supply

Dec 03, 2010 at 10:38 | Dave Forest

India's coal-fired power sector is in trouble. As of yesterday, 30% of Indian coal-fueled plants were at "critical" levels of coal stockpiles. And now India isn't the only major coal…

Despite Recent Reports Peak Coal is a Long Way Off

Nov 27, 2010 at 11:31 | The Oil Drum

There has been a growing trend toward predicting an imminent peak to the production of coal. Just this last week Nature carried an article that précised Richard Heinberg’s recent book…

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