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Energy / Coal

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…

Coal Mining and the Highwall Method

Nov 26, 2010 at 09:06 | The Oil Drum

There is an aspect of coal mining that gets relatively little attention, even though it is growing in popularity, It is with this method that I will conclude this series…

Another Reason to Keep Watching Asian Coal

Nov 12, 2010 at 11:31 | Dave Forest

I've been saying for awhile that Asian coal is the place to be. Yet another indicator this week. Thai energy major PTT announced a deal yesterday to buy Australia's Straits…

DOE Commits $1 Billion to CCS Project

Oct 01, 2010 at 08:50 | Green energy Reporter

The Obama administration believes carbon capture works. How else to explain yesterday’s news that the Department of Energy would commit $1 billion to support the FutureGen Carbon Capture and Storage…

Coal Fired CCS Projects Facing Funding Challenges

Sep 26, 2010 at 10:13 | Graham Cooper

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) faces formidable funding challenges, according to a recent survey of private sector capital providers. “Across Europe, there is likely to be private sector finance for…

The Rush for Coal: Are Price Increases Coming

Sep 24, 2010 at 08:12 | Dave Forest

I've been talking a lot about coal lately. Specifically, how India's need for thermal coal imports is going to tighten this market, both in terms of prices, and bids for…

Is Coal the New Black Gold?

Sep 21, 2010 at 08:54 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

After the halting and starting three week rally we have seen in stocks, I would be negligent to recommend equity plays here. But there is one sector you should add…

Peak Coal: The Coal Supply Situation May be Worse Than Anyone Thinks

Sep 09, 2010 at 10:08 | Kurt Cobb

Claims that the world has 200 to 400 years of coal left at current rates of consumption have blinded policymakers and the public. The claims are based on two questionable…

India Gets Pushy with Coal

Sep 08, 2010 at 10:19 | Dave Forest

One of the "drums" I've been banging for awhile is coal exportable to India. The case is pretty clear. India's domestic coal prices are fixed at a level that doesn't…

Carbon Hysteria and The Benefits of Coal Gasification

Sep 01, 2010 at 10:39 | Al Fin

Gasification, as opposed to combustion, is the most thermally efficient and cleanest way to convert the energy content of coal into electricity, hydrogen, clean fuels, and value-added chemicals. The product…

US CCS plan slated for lack of ambition

Aug 23, 2010 at 10:51 | Gloria Gonzalez

A US interagency blueprint for commercial-scale deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) argues that challenging obstacles can be overcome, such as the lack of a national carbon price and…

Coal to Chemicals: Can Coal be a Suitable Replacement for Crude Oil?

Aug 16, 2010 at 11:04 | Al Fin

Peak oil apostles claim that as oil resources dry up, the ability to maintain agriculture, plastics, and petrochemicals industries will be destroyed. But the human mind can find ways…

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