Tag: Coal

Coal’s rapid decline won’t cripple future energy grid: COAG study

The Loy Yang coal power stations in the Latrobe Valley stations supply around half Victoria's energy. The ESB has found the rapid exit of coal over the next 20 years can be managed with minimal impacts if prudent reforms are put in place.

The future energy market can serve consumers well without big government subsidies despite the unprecedented disruption in the shift to renewables, said Energy Security Board (ESB) chair Dr Kerry Schott. The ESB is proposing a range of market reforms in a new study released for consultation on Monday.

Coal’s rapid decline won’t cripple future energy grid: COAG study

Australia cannot expect China to import and burn coal it no longer needs | Coal | The Guardian

Imported coal being unloaded in China's Jiangsu province

Scapegoating China for the loss of coal contracts (ODT)

We have to prepare for this shift and our policymakers need to stop misleading coalmining communities on the outlook

via Australia cannot expect China to import and burn coal it no longer needs | Coal | The Guardian

It feels like an upheaval, but precious little has changed

Flooding in Byron Bay earlier this month.

Marles refused even to offer a position on the inherent desirability of new coal-fired power stations, leaving Anthony Albanese to clean it up the next day by saying “I don’t think there’s a place for coal-fired power plants in Australia, full stop”. Now we learn of a group of some 20 pro-coal Labor MPs (including nine frontbenchers), calling themselves the OTIS group, meeting in secret without Albanese and with the aim of bringing Labor to a more coal-friendly position.

Whether this is merely an informal gathering or a more concerted lobbying attempt, it underscores Labor’s limitations on climate politics. This is a fifth of the party who probably see far greater political peril for Labor in distancing itself from coal than in making peace with it.
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So, politically, what exactly has this summer changed? The Coalition is still split on the issue, meaning that a serious climate policy is not an option because it will tear the government apart from within. Meanwhile, it’s unclear precisely where the current policy vacuum will hurt them electorally.

And Labor seems to agree enough with that assessment to continue to be spooked by the damage it sustained last year in coal-mining seats. It’s worth monitoring how this evolves from here, because right now, the signs are that this is the summer that changed everything in politics, except what really counts.

via It feels like an upheaval, but precious little has changed

Dear ScoMo: KFC employs more Australians than thermal coal sector

Definition of Cognitive Dissonance

To put that into perspective below are a few companies to contrast the total number of jobs created:

Coles 112,000
Woolworths 100,000
McDonalds 90,000
KFC 34,000
Thermal coal industry 29,000

But that isn’t what the Coalition is doing. Rather than offering a “Bush New Deal” to ensure its prosperity as it struggles to adapt to climate change and the drought, the Morrison Government is ensuring that Adani mine goes ahead, with a relative handful of jobs used as a justification.

via Dear ScoMo: KFC employs more Australians than thermal coal sector

Pull out or perish: behind Blackrock’s grand exit from coal – Michael West

While  LNP policy uncertainty is ensuring investment in the renewable’s boom is down by 56%  in Australia and coal subsidies and promotion are up the tide of the free market is running in the opposite direction. The LNP is openly conducting a market manipulation scam the equivalent of an insider trading rort. If Scotty from marketing were the CEO it’s time he got the sack and /or was charged. (ODT)

BlackRock, the world’s biggest fund, is quitting thermal coal. The move by the $10 trillion fund has stunned financial markets. Climate change and coal: while the people protest in the streets, progressive analysts such as IEEFA’s Buckley protest to global finance bosses. Tim Buckley, who had lobbied hard for the BlackRock exit, reports on the revolution in big money.

via Pull out or perish: behind Blackrock’s grand exit from coal – Michael West

Australia fires: coal industry causes long-term damage as bushfires cost businesses billions

Illustration: Matt Davidson

Let’s call it pollution, unprecedented CO2 pollution which has been increasing at an unprecedented rate and the warming of the planet. Like smoking causes cancer the statistical evidence and correlations are in. Australia has seen and is experiencing the effects of that warming with 9 of 10 record-breaking years this century and a fire season like no other predicted last century and scoffed at. The most significant voice heard in recent times was PM Tony Abbott declaring the science of global warming was “crap”. It cost him his seat of Warringah. Yet the LNP have still been treating the current unprecedented fires accordingly. To Morrison, Craig Kelly, Taylor and others it still is a purely “natural event” with policies in place capable of addressing it. and still claiming we will reach our global emission obligations in a “canter”. “It’s Time isn’t it?” as we are today the worlds biggest polluter with  a leadership ethically and morally in total denial. (ODT)

Australia fires: coal industry causes long-term damage as bushfires cost businesses billions

Climate change: Just 2 per cent of Britain’s power now comes from coal. In Australia, it’s more like 75 per cent

 

Coal-fired power plants are being phased out across the United Kingdom.

London: Renewable energy has overtaken fossil fuels to become Britain’s largest source of electricity in a historic shift that could signal the “beginning of the end” for coal across Europe.

National Grid data released on New Year’s Day revealed coal represented just 2.1 per cent of Britain’s overall electricity output in 2019.

By comparison, black and brown coal fuelled 74 per cent of Australia’s energy mix in 2018.

Climate change: Just 2 per cent of Britain’s power now comes from coal. In Australia, it’s more like 75 per cent

UN chief Antonio Guterres warns Asia to quit ‘addiction’ to coal as climate change threatens region – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A shot of an active coal-fired power station near a residential area in China.

Key points:

UN chief Antonio Guterres told Asia it is “lagging behind” and said the rollback of coal could help curb rising global temperatures
Australia is the world’s biggest coal exporter
According to the Minerals Council of Australia, most of Australia’s coal production is sold overseas, and mainly to Asia

via UN chief Antonio Guterres warns Asia to quit ‘addiction’ to coal as climate change threatens region – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Pacific Islands Forum: China’s climate pitch angers Australia, US

Illustration: Matt Golding

China might be using more coal but it’s making the greatest efforts not to. Leaving Australia out in the coal (ODT)

But his hard-line stance during negotiations angered some Pacific leaders, including Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama.

He said Australia’s position had weakened the Pacific’s position on the climate change, adding it was “disappointing that we could not achieve a unanimous consensus”.

“While there has been a great deal of agreement, it is clear that there are differences of opinion, emphasis and approach between the island nations and New Zealand, on the one hand, and Australia on the other,” he said.

Mr Bainimarama said he would make attempts to persuade Australia to make a more rapid transition from coal to energy sources that “do not contribute to climate change” when he visits next month.

via Pacific Islands Forum: China’s climate pitch angers Australia, US

‘Our paychecks bounced’: US workers in limbo as coalmines suddenly close | Business | The Guardian

A mother and daughter walk past a line of miners’ cars down Highway 421 in Harlan, Kentucky. Many questions about Blackjewel’s operations have not been answered.

TRUMP SAVING COAL. STRAIGHT OUT OF THE TRUMP BUSINESS HANDBOOK (ODT)

Blackjewel files for chapter 11 in a move critics say is increasingly used to avoid paying workers what they are owed

via ‘Our paychecks bounced’: US workers in limbo as coalmines suddenly close | Business | The Guardian

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Coal lobbyist rises in the PM’s ranks

IN CASE THERE WAS any doubt about the ties that bind Australia’s top coal lobbyists with the Federal Coalition Government, former Minerals Council of Australia CEO Brendan Pearson has been tapped as a senior advisor to Scott Morrison.

The appointment, revealed in The Australian on Wednesday, shifts Pearson up in the Coalition pecking order from the office of the Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann, to Morrison’s inner sanctum.

via Coal lobbyist rises in the PM’s ranks

EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal

What do you do when the polls are against you and you don’t have a climate change policy? Start a fake internal war over coal, that’s what.

THE MEDIA suggests the Coalition is at war with itself over coal.

via EDITORIAL EXCERPT: The Coalition’s phony war over coal

Germany Closes Last Coal Mine, Step toward Ending Era of Dirty Coal

 Germany heads to a bright clean future (ODT)

Germany bid farewell to coal as it closed its last mine Friday, thereby closing a chapter in the history of German industry. Coal was the main engine of growth for the German economy but became obsolete in recent past.

A service was held to commemorate the end of an era when seven miners climbed through the service lift of the Prosper-Haniel mine for the last time with the final block of “black-gold” which they presented to German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Coal mining was a crucial part of German industry since the mid-19th century. Post-World War II, “black gold” was essential in the German economic recovery.

More than 600,000 miners were working in mines during the 1950s. But by 2017, the number of miners decreased to 4,500.

“It’s more than a block of coal, it’s a part of history. Without the coal and without those who extracted it, the History of this country would have been very different,” Steinmeier said during the ceremony of 500 guests, including European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

“The coal allowed the industrialization of the region and prosperity throughout Germany,” said government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer, quoting German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The 150-year-old mines dug by six generations of workers will be sealed and then gradually drowned in water.

via Germany Closes Last Coal Mine, Step toward Ending Era of Dirty Coal

Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

“It’s the biggest peer-review exercise there is,” says Jonathan Lynn, head of communications for the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. “It involves hundreds or even thousands of people looking at it.”

It must not only tell governments what we know about climate change – but how close they have brought us to the edge. And by implication, how much those governments are failing to live up to their goals for the planet, set in the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

via Climate scientists are struggling to find the right words for very bad news

Angus Taylor signals further taxpayer investment in existing coal and gas | Australia news | The Guardian

Why do Politicians ignore the experts and try to con the public? ( ODT)

But while there is evidence from market analysts and analysis from the government’s energy bodies that renewables has led the price drop because of a big increase in supply contracted into the market courtesy of the renewable energy target, Taylor attributed the recent reductions to the government’s intervention in the gas market, and regulatory reforms, including forcing retailers to be more transparent about their pricing.

While coal proponents in the Coalition declare new coal investment means lower prices, the Australian Energy Market Commission has predicted prices will fall over the next two years because of the entry of 5,300 MW of new generation capacity into the national electricity market – most of it renewable projects.

via Angus Taylor signals further taxpayer investment in existing coal and gas | Australia news | The Guardian

AEMO confirms that AGL’s plan for Liddell will eliminate energy shortfall – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In March 2018, the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) sent Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg their assessment of whether AGL’s plan would meet our future energy needs.

AEMO’s analysis shows that an additional 850 MWs of resource capability are required to ensure reliability in NSW following the closure of Liddell. If all three stages of the AGL plan are completed, the resource gap will be eliminated.

In its current state, Liddell is more likely to be the cause of a power emergency because of what AEMO describes as the potential for ageing coal generators to fail in the heat – during the 2016-17 summer heatwave, Liddell was missing 1,000MW of its capacity due to problems with boiler tube leaks.

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via AEMO confirms that AGL’s plan for Liddell will eliminate energy shortfall – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Monash Forum and energy policy: Making the most of the 30th Newspoll

ISIS wants to take over Islam The Monash Forum Monkey Pod Room want to take over the Liberal Party. What they have in common is the lack of guts to stand alone. They are fundamentally destroyers.

The coal-worshipping Monash Forum is a rearguard guerrilla action against the incumbent Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is putting the coal back into “Coal-ition”, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark.

via The Monash Forum and energy policy: Making the most of the 30th Newspoll

Tony Abbott’s Latrobe Valley cycle timed for Turnbull’s Newspoll black day – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tony Abbott cycling

One Liberal moderate bluntly characterises the “Monash Forum”, which burst into the energy debate this week, as “the deplorables trying to give themselves a credible front”.

Whatever else it might be, the so-called forum is Tony Abbott’s latest weapon in baiting the Turnbull bear.

via Tony Abbott’s Latrobe Valley cycle timed for Turnbull’s Newspoll black day – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Renewables generated more electricity than brown coal over summer, report finds | Australia news | The Guardian

 

A solar panel array at the Windorah solar farm

Renewable energy generated more electricity than brown coal during Australia’s summer for the first time in 2017-18, according to a new report by Green Energy Markets.

via Renewables generated more electricity than brown coal over summer, report finds | Australia news | The Guardian

Big four banks slash lending to coal miners

Market Forces conducted a detailed survey of the big four banks’ project finance – lending to a specific mine or project, rather than a corporation – since the big four supported the Paris agreement to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees.

Source: Big four banks slash lending to coal miners

This self-serving bunch of boondogglers will be the death of us – literally – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Even before they could possibly have read Chief Scientist Alan Finkel’s energy report, the coal cheerleaders from the backbench of the Coalition have come out swinging. Tony Abbott jumped the gun, saying two days before the report was even released that “Anything that makes it impossible for us to bank new, efficient coal-fired power stations…

Source: This self-serving bunch of boondogglers will be the death of us – literally – » The Australian Independent Media Network