Tuesday, October 9, 2007

“Cleaner Coal”

by Julie Walsh on October 9, 2007

“Cleaner” Coal


The reality is, we would have much lower CO2 emissions right now if it weren’t for the anti-growth, environmental obstructionists. This is because the coal plants built today are up to 90% more efficient than the 60s and 70s coal plants currently in operation; therefore, it doesn’t take a mathematician to see that allowing the old plants to be replaced with new ones reduces total emissions. But the greens don’t want any coal-fired plants.


However, all the wishful thinking of myopic environmentalists isn’t going to create a solar or wind industry overnight to replace the 50% of our energy needs that coal provides. And contrary to Do-as-I-say-and-not-as-I-do Gore’s belief, we Americans are not going to stop using our air conditioners and build sod houses.


Allowing practicality to replace unrealistic expectations would allow the “cleaner” coal plants of today to be built and our CO2 emissions to be significantly lower.

France is unlikely to meet its target of a fourfold reduction in emissions of carbon dioxide by 2050, according to a report by a government-appointed commission, business daily La Tribune reported on Monday.

The earth is too small to accommodate all the biofuels projects envisioned for the globe, and this raises doubts whether green fuels will ever play a big role in weaning the world off crude oil.

A strange, almost funny thing recently happened at the State Department.  This was unusual not solely because proceedings at Foggy Bottom generally prompt fits of sobbing rather than bemusement.  At a gathering for his “Major Economies Meeting on Energy Security and Climate Change”, President Bush stood before the media, representatives of more than a dozen European and other nations, plus antagonists from Capitol Hill and, buried in his speech, offered long-overdue if curiously lukewarm defense of U.S. performance on greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). 

All eyes are on Greenland's melting glaciers as alarm about global warming spreads. This year, delegations of U.S. and European politicians have made pilgrimages to the fastest-moving glacier at Ilulissat, where they declare that they see climate change unfolding before their eyes.