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Energy / 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…

Coal’s Incredible Comeback – But at What Environmental Expense?

Aug 09, 2010 at 09:26 | David Caploe PhD

Coal is currently experiencing a phenomenal comeback everywhere. Demand has grown considerably, making coal the second-most important energy source worldwide, after oil. Billions of people depend on coal for their…

Coal Stocks Could be in for a Big Move

Jun 28, 2010 at 11:35 | Dave Forest

Despite all of today's carbon concerns, the world still largely runs on coal. In fact, according to BP's recently-released annual energy review, coal's share of global energy use increased in…

The Value of Zeros and Ones

Jun 18, 2010 at 09:17 | Dave Forest

Good paper this month in the International Journal of Coal Geology on global trends in coal bed methane (CBM) drilling. CBM has been a success story in unconventional gas, currently…

Governments, Industry Must Accelerate Pace to Meet G8 Goals on CCS, IEA Says

Jun 15, 2010 at 08:57 | Darrell Delamaide

Governments and industry will have to step up the pace if they want to meet the declared goal of large-scale deployment of carbon capture and sequestration for coal-fired power plants…

EPA effort to block West Virginia coal mine heats up mountaintop removal debate

May 21, 2010 at 08:40 | Darrell Delamaide

Amid probes of last month’s deep coal mining accident in West Virginia, hundreds of coal miners demonstrated in the state capital of Charleston against an attempt by federal officials to…

India’s Hunger for Coal Sending it on a Worldwide Search

May 06, 2010 at 11:12 | Michael Economides

India is hungry for coal and domestically there is neither the quantity nor the quality to feed the country’s needs. The situation is exacerbated because coal consumption has soared in…

Flaw in CCS Theory May Puncture Clean Coal Dream, Study Says

Apr 27, 2010 at 11:32 | Darrell Delamaide

Clean coal is likely to remain a chimera rather than a real solution to carbon emissions, a new study suggests, because the much-touted process of carbon capture and sequestration simply…

U.S. Coal Industry Fights Climate Legislation at Congressional Hearing

Apr 14, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Under the shadow of the West Virginia coal mine disaster earlier this month, a congressional hearing Wednesday on the future of coal in a “new energy age” seemed at times…

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