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Energy / Coal

China's Enormous Appetite for Coal Causing Environmental Concerns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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