Say Goodbye to Thermal Coal


Click to enlargeEdward Burtynsky

❝ ,,,Just one year ago, in his 2018 State of the Union address, the president claimed that his administration “ended the war on beautiful, clean coal.”

If the war on coal is over, peace for coal is a curious-looking thing.

❝ 2018 was a particularly bleak year for the industry. Coal capacity retirements actually doubled in 2018 compared to 2017, and coal production was largely flat. Recent projections from the Energy Information Administration don’t show the conclusive end of the coal industry any time soon, but they do show that coal may have reached a point of no return, despite all the rollbacks of environmental regulations that the Trump administration has proposed or enacted…

❝ In President Trump’s State of the Union speech, this year, he didn’t mention coal once…

Metallurgical coal is still needed. Specific chemical requirements in legacy steel-making processes continue. Thermal coal? Natural gas is going to take care of that easy-peasy.

3 thoughts on “Say Goodbye to Thermal Coal

  1. Goaf says:

    Idaho Power cuts coal consumption 60% in a decade : In 2008, 46.1 percent of Idaho Power’s energy came from coal. In 2017, the most recent numbers available, coal dropped to 18.3 percent. https://www.idahopress.com/news/local/idaho-power-s-energy-profile-has-gotten-cleaner-but-use/article_a15f1abe-a3ba-5952-9da1-e263d1e73dfc.html
    One of the largest power plants in the West could be at risk if Westmoreland Coal raises the price of coal at the utility’s sole supplier as part of its bankruptcy proceedings – however If negotiations hasten the closure of Montana’s massive coal-fired power plant, ratepayers may wind up saving money. https://news.bloombergenvironment.com/environment-and-energy/power-plant-risks-early-closure-in-westmoreland-bankruptcy
    Colstrip Power Plant shut down to address unsafe pollution emission, scheduled maintenance (July 2018) https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/colstrip-power-plant-shut-down-to-address-unsafe-pollution-emission/article_962fc23c-756e-53cd-a622-9c4969ae295e.html

  2. Mike says:

    President Donald Trump on Monday publicly pushed the Tennessee Valley Authority to save an aging coal plant in Kentucky that buys its fuel from one of the president’s top supporters.
    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/02/11/trump-coal-1163128
    “Coal is an important part of our electricity generation mix and @TVAnews should give serious consideration to all factors before voting to close viable power plants, like Paradise #3 in Kentucky!” Trump tweeted.
    His missive came just days before the TVA board is slated to vote on the future of Paradise Unit 3, a 49-year-old coal plant that the federally owned utility has said would be too expensive to keep operating. The 1,150-megawatt plant gets the bulk of its coal from a subsidiary of Murray Energy, according to data from the Energy Information Administration. Robert Murray, the CEO of the mining company, is a major Trump supporter who has personally lobbied the president to take other actions to help the ailing coal industry, particularly in regions where he sells coal.
    ….Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, who is awaiting Senate confirmation, lobbied for Murray Energy among other clients before joining the Trump administration, including joining the CEO and other company officials in a 2017 meeting with Energy Secretary Rick Perry to discuss Murray’s policy proposals. Wheeler has said he did not write the action plan Murray presented to the Trump administration.

  3. Bilagáana says:

    “Environmental groups plan to sue Peabody Energy for failing to notify the federal government that the Kayenta coal mine [on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona] may close before the end of its operating permit.” https://fronterasdesk.org/content/761968/environmental-groups-plan-sue-peabody-energy “Utilities plan to shut down the Navajo Generating Station in December because they say the power plant is no longer able to compete with facilities fueled by natural gas. The mine, owned by Peabody Energy, feeds the plant. The Sierra Club and two Navajo groups say they’re concerned Peabody is trying to avoid its legal obligations to prepare for reclamation of the 44,000 acre mine.”

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