Apr 09

A member of the loving and tolerant Left posted this at Treehugger:

I really hate to be so harsh, and I know this is going to sound like trolling, but I really don’t care about the miners. If you work for the oil/coal industry you’re working to destroy the environment and you deserve whatever karma throws your way. Sorry.

The footer on the post reads:

Good planets are hard to find. For A Greener More Sustainable Earth Become A Green Earth Friend: www.greenearthfriend.com

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Sep 02

Video: Coal as compassion

By Editor coal, Dr. Ross McKitrick, Uncategorized, video Comments Off on Video: Coal as compassion

Who’s compassionate now?

Hat tip: CO2 Science > Heliogenic Climate Change

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Jun 23

Don’t forget that Hansen takes part in these protests while he’s on a paid vacation funded by myself and my fellow Americans.

From the YouTube notes:

Daryl Hannah, NASA scientist James Hansen and former W.Va. Congressman Ken Hechler were among 31 people arrested at a non-violent protest of mountaintop removal coal mining near Massey Energy’s Goals Coal processing plant on June 23, 2009.

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Jun 23

Not that James Hansen’s arrest was a surprise, since that was his goal.

Via Climate Depot, SFGate’s Thin Green Line is reporting:

Actress Daryl Hannah was arrested this afternoon in West Virginia along with NASA climatologist James Hansen, local activist Michael Brune of Rainforest Action Network, Goldman Prize winner Judy Bonds, 94-year-old former U.S. Representative Ken Hechler and more than a dozen others.

They were protesting at an elementary school threatened by a 2.8-billion-gallon coal sludge impoundment where coal dust in the air exceeds acceptable limits. Protestors trespassed on land owned by coal giant Massey Energy.

The protest is part of a string of increasingly dramatic actions objecting to the Obama Administration’s announcement that the EPA will reform, but not abolish, mountaintop removal mining. Later this week, Congress will host a hearing titled, “The Impacts of Mountaintop Removal Mining on Water Quality in Appalachia.”

Many will now (and have) called for Hansen to be fired from his post at NASA. As noted on our post of March 18, 2009, Hansen will likely offer up the same lame excuse that he does his protesting while he’s on vacation. An excerpt from his video interview during a coal plant earlier this year:

Interviewer: Are you here as an employee of NASA?

James Hansen: No! Of course not. I’m here, I’m on vacation today.

Interviewer: You’re here as a private citizen then?

Hansen: Yes, of course.

Interviewer: Some people are going to say, “But you’re James Hansen, you’re always, you’re always identified with NASA”, and they’re saying you’re splitting hairs.

Hansen: I’m also a Columbia University adjunct professor, I mean I, uh, haven’t given up my rights as a US citizen, and freedom of speech is one of them.

The video of that protest earlier this year:

Note that the interviewer seems unconvinced by Hansen’s lame excuse.

I wonder how many paid vacation days Hansen has left for this year?

I also wonder if I’m the only person who is bothered by the fact that Hansen is going on these little adventures courtesy of our tax dollars?

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Jun 12

Not green enough? Oregon’s Prius (hybrid) tax credit could go as of Jan. 1, but the state will still issue tax credits for cars that are 41% coal-powered

By Editor coal, Electric cars, Gov. Kulongoski, hybrids Comments Off on Not green enough? Oregon’s Prius (hybrid) tax credit could go as of Jan. 1, but the state will still issue tax credits for cars that are 41% coal-powered

The Oregonian reports:

SALEM — Oregon’s tax credit for that new Prius or other gas-electric hybrid vehicles could disappear on January 1, if a bill that passed the House Thursday becomes law.

Individual consumers and businesses who buy plug-in or all-electric cars would still qualify for a state tax credit. And House Bill 2180 would bring new incentives for companies that manufacture electric vehicles.

The bill must still make its way through the Senate. But it is a priority for Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who has promoted Oregon to electric car companies, including Nissan and Think, as a place to consider for a manufacturing site. Both companies have plans to test market their cars in Portland.

Oregon ranks among the top hybrid-car states per capita and Portland has ranked at the U.S. Prius sales capital.

Apparently, the hybrids just aren’t green enough for the Green Governor. And the plug-in electric cars are? Here in Oregon, 41% of our electricity is generated by coal.  So the plug-in electric cars that will still qualify for the Oregon tax credit will truly be 41% powered by coal.  I’m not sure the Green Governor really gives a damn about that pesky detail, as he’s likely more concerned about perception than reality.

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Jun 09

Let’s say a hypothetical person was concerned that a hypothetical rise in the earth’s temperature was causing melting glaciers, rising sea levels, stronger hurricanes, as well as killing the polar bears and penguins, etc.  Now a question: If that same hypothetical person were said to be “rooting” for either global warming or global cooling, would it not seem obvious that that person would be rooting for global cooling?  But, of course.  Not so.

The blog Energywise reports on the Society of Environmental Journalists annual conference held in Roanoke, Virginia:

Will the industry ever make coal mining socially and environmentally sustainable? Appalachian activists who have fought ‘Big Coal’ for decades doubt it. For one thing, the coal companies enjoy undivided support from state legislators and governors in coal states. That’s why West Virginia author and political activist Denise Giardina told the SEJ conference attendees that she was “rooting for global warming” to stop coal. “I think it will force us to change,” said Giardina, who made it clear that IGCC power plants sequestering CO2 weren’t the kind of change she had in mind.

The alarmists are always telling us that they don’t really want to take away our individual liberties, create a massive federal government, tell us what kind of energy to consume, what kind of cars to drive, or tax us into the stone age to solve global warming climate change climate crisis our deteriorating atmosphere, but Giardina just validates all of our skeptical fears by her statement.

Denise Giardina is hardly the first alarmist to “root for global warming”. We pointed out this blogger last year who was doing the same.

For the record, GORE LIED isn’t rooting for any kind of weather. The weather? Que sera, sera.

But, here’s what I do root for.

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Dec 03

It’s going to be difficult to get 100% of our energy from renewables in 10 years if COAL USE IS STILL GROWING

By Editor Al Gore, coal Comments Off on It’s going to be difficult to get 100% of our energy from renewables in 10 years if COAL USE IS STILL GROWING

Despite Al Gore’s call for the US to produce 100% of it’s energy from renewable sources within ten years, Robert Bryce at Energy Tribune is reporting that the impending death of coal is greatly exaggerated:

While…Gore, and others may agree on the need to phase out coal, the world is heading the other direction. On November 12, the I.E.A. released its World Energy Outlook, and the second page of the agency’s briefing slides show that coal is gaining – not losing – market share. Between 2000 and 2007, global coal use increased by 4.8 percent. That’s three times the growth rate seen in oil consumption (which grew by 1.6 percent) and nearly twice the rate in natural gas use (which climbed by 2.6 percent.) Further, the I.E.A. expects that through 2030, about 60 percent of incremental energy demand in non-O.E.C.D. countries will be met with coal. (In the O.E.C.D., coal will likely provide less than 10 percent of incremental new demand over that same time period.)

None of this is to argue that coal is good or bad. Rather, it is to provide a bit of numeracy. If the U.S. and the rest of the world really want to replace coal with some other form of energy, then it is essential to understand the size of the challenge.

Let’s look at the U.S., second only to China in terms of total coal consumption. In 2007, the U.S. used about 1.1 billion tons of coal. That’s the energy equivalent of about 4.2 billion barrels of oil per year or about 11.5 million barrels of oil per day. Here’s the key comparison: America’s daily coal ration contains more energy than Saudi Arabia’s daily oil production.

Indeed, the scale of U.S. coal consumption boggles the mind. In 2007, the amount of energy America used in the form of coal exceeded the total energy consumption – from all sources, coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear – of all of the countries of Central and South America combined. Just as important as the scale of America’s coal consumption is this fact: U.S. coal use has increased faster in recent decades than has oil or natural gas consumption. Between 1973 and 2007, U.S. coal consumption jumped by 75.5 percent. During that same time period, U.S. oil consumption increased by 15.2 percent and natural gas consumption increased by just 5 percent.

Here’s another comparison: On a daily basis, global coal consumption is equivalent to about 63.8 million barrels of oil. Thus, replacing the world’s coal habit with something else will require finding an energy source (or sources) that can supplant the equivalent of six new Saudi Arabias. Or consider China. On an average day, its coal use provides the energy equivalent of 26.3 million barrels of oil, or about two and a half Saudi Arabias.

By any measure, those are daunting numbers. U.S. and global policymakers may not like coal, but given the enormous scale of the coal business, it’s obvious that the U.S. and the rest of the world will be relying on the black fuel for many years to come.

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