Category: Coal

Gina Rinehart and the Galilee | The Saturday Paper

But on Friday, Palaszczuk confirmed she would not object to Aurizon’s alternative railway line proposal, even though it is designed to serve Adani’s Carmichael mine as well.

Once developed, the three GVK Hancock holdings alone are expected to produce 90 million tonnes of coal a year for export.

Another major holder is Waratah Coal, which is owned by Queensland magnate and former federal MP Clive Palmer.

But none of the coal deposits can be developed without a means of transporting their product to the coast for export. So a railway line is crucial.

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Queensland election: how Adani helped undo the LNP’s push to regain power | Australia news | The Guardian

Tim Nicholls and anti-Adani protesters

\Exit polls in the state’s south-east found up to 70% of respondents were against the billion-dollar rail line loan for Adani

Queensland election: how Adani helped undo the LNP’s push to regain power | Australia news | The Guardian

World’s Cheapest Solar Power in Mexico a Coal-Killer

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Not only is the sheer amount of solar power generation increasing at blinding speed but the cost is plummeting in unrigged markets, as well. Mexico just accepted bids of 1.77 cents per kilowatt hour. That is, if you had 10 light bulbs with a brightness of 100 watts each, and you burned them for one hour using electricity generated by the solar farm to be built in Mexico by 2020, that would cost you 1.7 cents. In most states in the US it would now cost you 8 cents to 22 cents, if the electricity were generated by coal and natural gas.

World’s Cheapest Solar Power in Mexico a Coal-Killer

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire

The Adani Power plant inside the special economic zone near Tragadi Bander on the Kutch Coast of India.

As a result, says the energy consultant Tim Buckley, “Adani is getting exactly the same sort of treatment from Australian politicians to that which he is used to back in India. He has been offered a $1 billion subsidised loan from the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility [NAIF], and a $600 million royalty holiday and free water from Queensland taxpayers. And as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve now learnt that the Queensland Government has compulsorily acquired prime agricultural land to make way for the Adani railway. It’s farcical.”

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire

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