Category: Coal

Adani Carmichael coal mine: Former Indian minister sounds alarm on Adani’s track record, mega-mine’s viability – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

India’s former environment minister says the Adani Group’s track record in India leaves a lot to be desired.

Source: Adani Carmichael coal mine: Former Indian minister sounds alarm on Adani’s track record, mega-mine’s viability – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support | Environment | The Guardian

Special report: The pace of coal plants shutting down in Australia could mean the country’s fleet could be gone before 2040. The transformation is enormous – and seems inevitable• Support our independent journalism and critical reporting on energy and the environment by giving a one-off or monthly contribution

Source: Coal in decline: an energy industry on life support | Environment | The Guardian

Post-Coal Theming and Preventative Unemployment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Anti-Adani protest has generated divisive anti-worker rhetoric. Preventative unemployment should be a key focus towards a post-coal world. This article discusses the importance of themes in the narrative towards a post-coal world and explores the approach to preventative unemployment policy.

Source: Post-Coal Theming and Preventative Unemployment – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why Australia needs to whip its coal dependence

“At one time there must’ve been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I’ll bet the last company around was the one that made the best goddamn buggy whip you’d ever seen.”But you wouldn’t give a billion dollars to that company. You wouldn’t invest your future in a company making a product from the age of the horse-and-cart in a modern world.

Source: Why Australia needs to whip its coal dependence

Energy economics group says export market for Australian coal will decline | Environment | The Guardian

Office of the chief economist projects market will grow by 8.7% by 2022, but Institute for Energy Economics says this is based on out of date analysis

Source: Energy economics group says export market for Australian coal will decline | Environment | The Guardian

Renewables and storage will crush coal way ahead of Finkel’s forecast

A MAJOR NEW SURVEY has pointed to the inevitable decline in coal generation, as the ongoing plunge in wind and solar costs make those technologies significantly cheaper than even refurbished coal-fired generators.

Source: Renewables and storage will crush coal way ahead of Finkel’s forecast

India has enough coal without Adani mine, | Environment | The Guardian

Last month India cancelled coal projects in the pipeline equal to around 13.7GW of electricity capacity. It is also preparing to close 37 coalmines.Should the cost of renewables such as solar, which fell below the price of coal this year, continue to decline, the Indian economy has the potential to be coal-free by 2050, according to a recent report from the Delhi-based Energy and Resources Institute

Source: India has enough coal without Adani mine, yet must keep importing, minister says | Environment | The Guardian

Public opinion is shifting the ground under Trump, Abbott and the coal club | Peter Lewis | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump’s rebuff of global climate action is right out of the coal club’s playbook – dismiss the science, complain that other countries will get a better deal, build fear around jobs, prices and industry to resist change.

Source: Public opinion is shifting the ground under Trump, Abbott and the coal club | Peter Lewis | Opinion | The Guardian

The ‘odious’ Adani coal mine – » The Australian Independent Media Network

$1.32 billion / 24.4 jobs = $54,098,361 per job By Michael Griffin Concerns about the environmental costs and damage to the nationally and globally significant Great Barrier Reef by the Adani Group’s Carmichael mine in Queensland, the world’s biggest coal mine, have been expressed. Yet the now discredited claims regarding the economic benefits that the…

Source: The ‘odious’ Adani coal mine – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Gujarat Cancelling 4 Gigawatt Coal Power Plant As India Moves Away From Coal | CleanTechnica

The government of Indian state Gujarat has cancelled a proposed 4 gigawatt coal power ultra-mega power project due to existing surplus generation capacity and a desire to transition from fossil fuel–based energy sources to renewable power.Reports from India’s Business Standard earlier this month reported that the government of Gujarat, under Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, has

Source: Gujarat Cancelling 4 Gigawatt Coal Power Plant As India Moves Away From Coal | CleanTechnica

A Reality You Can’t Dig Yourself Out Of – Adani’s Coal Mine Is A Dud – New Matilda

In a world where coal has no future, the proposed Adani mine should not be given serious consideration. Even if climate change were not a pressing problem, and even if thermal coal prices were to rise and stay high, the project would bring little benefit to Australia, writes Ian McAuley. Dear reader, I’m asking youMore

Source: A Reality You Can’t Dig Yourself Out Of – Adani’s Coal Mine Is A Dud – New Matilda

Kentucky coal company announces plans to build the state’s largest solar farm

Kentucky coal company announces plans to build the state’s largest solar farmThe company says the farm will give jobs to displaced coal miners.A dump truck moves dirt and rock from a mountaintop removal coal mine in Kentucky. CREDIT: AP Photo/Roger AlfordA Kentucky coal company announced Tuesday that it is planning to build a solar farm on a reclaimed mountaintop removal coal mine and that the project would bring both jobs and energy to the ar

Source: Kentucky coal company announces plans to build the state’s largest solar farm

Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Harlan County switches to solar power – The Washington Post

“It is a little ironic,” said a museum spokesman. “But you know, coal and solar and all the different energy sources work hand-in-hand. And, of course, coal is still king around here.”

Source: Kentucky Coal Mining Museum in Harlan County switches to solar power – The Washington Post

Are We Going To Underwrite Adani – Since When Did We Become Socialist? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Ok, I was going to write about Trump’s attack on Syria and my confusion that some of the same people who were worried that Trump would react emotionally and attack another country are now applauding his actions because he reacted emotionally to the footage of the gas attack. And then I realised that I’d have…

Source: Are We Going To Underwrite Adani – Since When Did We Become Socialist? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fox Business Host Allows Industry CEO To Continue Denying The Real Reason For Coal’s Decline

Fox Business host Stuart Varney allowed a coal mining company CEO who previously said President Donald Trump couldn’t bring back coal jobs to walk back those comments, while Varney himself pushed the myth that environmental protections are to blame for the loss of jobs in the coal industry.A March 27 article in The Guardian reported that

Source: Fox Business Host Allows Industry CEO To Continue Denying The Real Reason For Coal’s Decline

‘Barbaric’: Adani’s giant coal mine granted unlimited water licence for 60 years

The proposed Adani coal mine has been granted unlimited access to groundwater in a move farmers fear will allow it to drain huge amounts of water from the Great Artesian Basin.

Source: ‘Barbaric’: Adani’s giant coal mine granted unlimited water licence for 60 years

World abandoning coal in dramatic style raises hope of avoiding dangerous global warming, says report | The Independent

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As Donald Trump pledges to put coal miners back to work in the United States, the rest of the world appears to have suddenly started moving in the opposite direction, abandoning the dirtiest of fossil fuels after 10 years of expansion, according to a new analysis. Boom and Bust 2017, compiled by US environmental group the Sierra Club, Greenpeace and research group CoalSwarm, reported a 62 per cent fall in the number of new coal-fired power stations being built worldwide in 2016 and a 48 per cent drop in “pre-construction activity”.

Source: World abandoning coal in dramatic style raises hope of avoiding dangerous global warming, says report | The Independent

Cassidy: Energy policy has become a battle royale, but where is ‘king coal’? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Politicians at the state and federal level — seemingly from nowhere — came up with nation-building energy solutions this week as they sought to out-do each other, says Insiders host Barrie Cassidy.

Source: Cassidy: Energy policy has become a battle royale, but where is ‘king coal’? – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Big Australian banks invest $7bn more in fossil fuels than renewables, says report | Environment | The Guardian

ANZ, NAB, Commonwealth Bank and Westpac provided three times more for non-renewable than clean energy projects in 2016, says Market Forces

Source: Big Australian banks invest $7bn more in fossil fuels than renewables, says report | Environment | The Guardian

The dirty truth behind Turnbull’s ‘clean coal’ con – » The Australian Independent Media Network

You have to hand it to Clive Palmer.  Whatever money he invested to get himself elected to parliament with sufficient power to abolish the carbon and mining taxes was well worth it for him personally. And now it seems that Clive is trying to take advantage of the government’s direction to the CEFC to fund…

Source: The dirty truth behind Turnbull’s ‘clean coal’ con – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Adani director appointed to body overseeing mining giant’s coal port despite conflict of interest warning – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The Queensland Government appointed an Adani company director to chair the authority overseeing the Abbot Point coal port.

Source: Adani director appointed to body overseeing mining giant’s coal port despite conflict of interest warning – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump overturns law preventing companies dumping coal mining debris in streams and rivers | The Independent

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President Donald Trump has put the brakes on a regulation blocking coal mining debris from being dumped into nearby streams. Trump called the stream protection regulation a “job-killing rule” before he signed a measure to overturn it.

Source: Donald Trump overturns law preventing companies dumping coal mining debris in streams and rivers | The Independent

No, new coal is not feasible: on price, reliability or emissions | Tennant Reed | Opinion | The Guardian

The proposition that new coal plants could be an effective solution to Australia’s energy needs should be treated with scepticism

Source: No, new coal is not feasible: on price, reliability or emissions | Tennant Reed | Opinion | The Guardian

Adani companies facing multiple financial crime, corruption probes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Indian authorities investigate Adani companies for siphoning money offshore and artificially inflating power prices in India.

Source: Adani companies facing multiple financial crime, corruption probes – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Donald Trump a working man’s hero in US coal country – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

In the early 1920s, the largest labour uprising in US history took place in Logan County, in West Virginia’s rich coal country. Today, as the region struggles to cope with the industry’s downturn, Donald Trump is at the centre of a new rebellion.

Source: Donald Trump a working man’s hero in US coal country – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Turnbull government’s green shift to back renewables

Incoming Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has flagged a marked change in direction away from fossil fuels.

Malcolm Turnbull’s new Environment and Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has signalled a declining role for coal in Australia’s energy mix in the future, in a marked change from the aggressively pro-coal stance of the Abbott government.

Source: Turnbull government’s green shift to back renewables

The Big Coal Con: Car Registration In Queensland Brings In More Revenue Than Coal – New Matilda

There’s big money in coal, right? Well, for Queensland taxpayers there’s bigger money in car registrations, writes Rod Campbell from The Australia Institute. Despite the arrival of online political gambling, you still can’t place a bet on the most exciting thing in Queensland politics and economics. Forget Labor vs LNP, Greens vs Pauline Hanson orMore

Source: The Big Coal Con: Car Registration In Queensland Brings In More Revenue Than Coal – New Matilda