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Energy / Coal

Nuclear Plants in Germany Sit Idle as Coal use Grows by 13.5%

May 15, 2012 at 18:13 | Breakthrough Institute

Coal use will rise an estimated 13.5 percent in Germany this year, resulting in at least 14 million metric tons of additional carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, even as the nation…

India's Traditional Power Sources on Razor Edge of Supply

May 02, 2012 at 18:01 | John Daly

The biggest economic story of the 21st century has been the dramatic emergence in the last decade of the “BRICs” – Brazil, Russia, India and China.Their dramatic emergence…

EPA Proposals: End of Coal or Dawn of New Energy?

Mar 29, 2012 at 18:56 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Environmental Protection Agency this week proposed measures that it said would cut emissions for new power plants. Critics are lining up to say this marks the end of…

An Eulogy for the Industrial Revolution's Power Source

Mar 16, 2012 at 17:59 | John Daly

The capitalist world has little time for nostalgia, as its primary mission is making money, but a recent pronouncement out of Britain is sounding the incipient death knell for a…

Can China Kick Their Coal Addiction?

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:24 | Post Carbon

World coal production and consumption data for 2011 are not yet compiled and published, but one key number is in. China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reports that the…

Green Australia Still Experiencing Massive Coal Boom

Feb 21, 2012 at 17:23 | John Daly

Australia, despite being deeply committed to curbing greenhouse gas emissions GGEs, is nonetheless experiencing a fossil fuel surge. The growth comes despite a carbon tax, due to be implemented…

Enter the Dragon - China to Increase Energy Investment in Pakistan

Jan 25, 2012 at 18:06 | John Daly

The current administration of Pakistani President Asif Zadari is beset by multiple problems. Relations with its ally in the “global war on terror,” the U.S. have plummeted to their…

Australia's Ongoing Coal Boom Could Provide a Safe Haven for Investors

Jan 16, 2012 at 21:41 | John Daly

Investors spooked by three years of global recession have nervously scanned the globe for failsafe, sure-fire places to park their surplus capital. The rise of the non-Organization for Economic Cooperation…

India’s Coal Shortages to Worsen as Coal India Reduces Production Target

Dec 19, 2011 at 07:30 | Ag Metal Miner

State-controlled Coal India Limited (CIL) announced that it has lowered its production target for the fiscal year to 440 million metric tons, down from the 452 million tons initially outlined…

South Africa's Effort to Wean Itself Off Coal Dependency Proving Difficult

Dec 07, 2011 at 17:59 | John Daly

Coal is one of the fossil fuels most responsible for generating greenhouse gases. The effect of such emissions on the atmosphere and the consequences for long-term global warming are…

Are Coal Power Plants Now too Expensive to Pursue?

Dec 07, 2011 at 17:27 | Peter Sinclair

A couple years ago I had lunch with a top executive of one of the state’s leading utilities. Here’s the gist of the question I put to him. “I know…

Where Can we Expect Coal Prices to go From Here?

Oct 27, 2011 at 07:36 | Stuart Burns

While most commodities have suffered something of a roller-coaster ride in terms of prices, coal and iron ore have weathered the storm much better. Coal in particular has benefited from…

Rio Tinto Looking to Satisfy India’s Growing Hunger for Coal

Sep 16, 2011 at 08:43 | Ag Metal Miner

The Anglo-Australian mining giant Rio Tinto is aiming to provide a coal supply line to the rapidly growing Indian thermal coal market. Indian business daily Business Line, in its

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.…

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