Making Coal Great Again

Tyler Durden's picture

It was a busy week at the coal-face.

On Monday, BP's annual review of global energy trends showed that coal production dropped by record numbers in 2016.

Coal production fell off by 231 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe), a unit of energy common in the energy industry, roughly the equivalent of 6.2 percent of all coal on Earth.


As reports, the decline was most prominent in two of the planet's largest powers, the United States and China. The U.S, which elected a president dedicated to reviving the coal industry, saw production fall by 33 mtoe, an 8.8 percent fall in total usage. China, which is aggressively pursuing renewable energy, saw a drop off of 26 mtoe, a 1.6 percent change. The UK, which began a transition program to low carbon energy usage in 2009, more than halved its usage of coal, a 52.5 percent down to 12 mtoe, bringing it to its lowest levels in BP's recorded history.


In a separate report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Friday, officials noted that U.S. coal consumption in 2016 — 677 million short tons — is the lowest figure since 1984.

Then, on Tuesday, President Trump proudly tweeted about the opening of the first new coal mine in recent memory...

Corsa Coal Company will operate the mine in Somerset County, Pa. - outside of Pittsburgh. Corsa CEO George Dethlefsen said the mine will be a boon to the struggling local economy. He praised Trump's easing of regulations and encouragement for fossil fuel exploration. Dethlefsen told Leland Vittert that for the 70 positions available in the mine, 400 people applied.

"It's a hard day's work every day, but it's worth it," one miner said.


Vittert said the news contrasts with Hillary Clinton's message that she would "put a lot of coal miners out of work."


Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D), who endorsed Clinton, joined the mine company in watching a video message from Trump commemorating the occasion.

And then on Thursday, we got Industrial Production data showing that Coal Mining Production is exploding...

h/t @DonDraperClone

Make Coal Great Again indeed... though of course the base effect may slow this exuberance dramatically.

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Looney's picture


I have a Global Warming question…

Are there any Albino Polar Bears and how do you tell them apart from the normal ones?  ;-)


Looney's picture


Moonshine makes my eyes pink. Am I an Albino?  ;-)


Alt RightGirl's picture

Polar bears might be albinos from Monsanto's glyphosate.

Since it's bleaching the coral reef, maybe it bleaches them too.

Studies Link Monsanto’s Glyphosate to Death of Our Oceans and Coral Reefs

John Law Lives's picture

***   SPAM ALERT   ***

Alt RightGirl = SPAMMING maggot


MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

Coal destroys the environment you idiots! We need to invest in clean energies like wind farms and biofuels that are PROVEN to work! The only reason we can’t have them is because of powerful oil and coal companies getting in the way, with the help of FACISTS like Trump! If the world goes to flames because of climate change, it’s going to be YOUR FAULT!

His Name Was Philando

Pure Evil's picture

Yeah, nothing like wind farms that kill all the birds that fly through them, especially the large predators like eagles and hawks.

And, biofuels that use more energy to make them then the fuels provide themselves, much less the amount of water wasted in production.


SwaziRed's picture

Entire species are being wiped out by climate-related habitat destruction as opposed to a small percentage of birds that get killed by wind farms. And production efficiencies in renewable fuels are rapidly increasing - as is usual with new technologies.

You have some piss poor arguments for why my grandchildren shouldn't be able to breathe.

VWAndy's picture

 How long has wind technology been around? New ?

SwaziRed's picture

Wind is not a biofuel. Learn to fucking read.

VWAndy's picture

 I like biofuels but they are not the solution we need. Biodiesel is ok to a point. Its not going to scale up enough.  Ethenol is just silly.

weburke's picture

Coal ASH,
Makes such lovely trails in the sky
Pity its toxic

VWAndy's picture

 Maybe in China but not here in the US for decades.

VWAndy's picture

 Ah yes the old tugging on emotions thing.

SwaziRed's picture

What emotion do you experience when you're gasping for air?

land_of_the_few's picture

Disgust at the lobster-people. And horror at the sudden realisation that the Time Machine can only go forwards.

VWAndy's picture

 Before we start talking about your feelings and or emotions we need to clear some stuff up. Do you have nice boobs? And will you show them to us? If not? I dont really care how you feel.

NewHugh's picture

Let's ask Podesta.  He's probably choked quite a few child sex slaves...

E5's picture

co2 is not a poison.  I bet you cry a river about the rainforest not being able to breathe either.  You should demand your grade school science masters include the changes in the sun and earth mangnetosphere in their models.  I bet you still think comets are dirty snowballs.

EddieLomax's picture

Wrong.  Whole species are being wiped out because their habitat's are being taken over by humans, this is over population and its been going on now for a century.

All the "chicken little" warnings were partly right, bad things will happen if there are too many humans, but unfortunately not to humans, at least to start with.  Not being an eco-warrior or any other sort of virtual signalling idiot, just saying it like I see it, species are dying off and there is a reason.  As for the solution, short of famine or a lot of H bombs no idea.

Sparkey's picture

Your Grandkids will be brething just fine, and what about me,,what about my rights?,,I like the smell of Caol smoke on a frosty morning, you don't think about my rights do you? You are solely concerned about your Grand Kids welfare! A very selfish aggressive attitude, please teach the Kids to give what they have to those who have less than they do and pray that someone will come along and give them something!

ebworthen's picture

M.D.B. - You need a time machine to get to Holland circa 1752.


Hugh_Jorgan's picture

His Name Was Philando... and he wouldn't take his hand off his gun.

PUNE's picture

Now that is just FALCE INFORMATION!


You havfe not done your homework.

Muddy1's picture


You do realize that the coal industry and the oil and gas industry are FORCED to pay a "fee" to subsidize the solar and wind energy industries?  You do realize that the US taxpayer pays to subsidize wind and solar industries?  Without the subsidies the politicians (OBAMA) couldn't get kickbacks, and the alternative energy industries would go belly up.  Without fossil fuels the wind towers could not be built, and without caol (coke coal) the steel in the towers wouldn't be available.  If you are so concerned about coal pollution become an activist and FORCE the politicians in DC to give up their coal fired power supply and go TOTALLY alternative energy.  Of course they won't, and BTW, their coal fired plant is one of the old inefficient plants which really pollutes.

Meanwhile, one of my adult children is a COAL MINER in a western state.  The coal they burn is some of the cleanest around.  Furthermore, they are literally years ahead of meeting EPA requirements for lowering the "pollutants" that come from their coal.  That being said, your wholsale condemnation of the coal industry shows your ignorance of the subject matter.  Furthermore, 25% of the coal produced goes for power generation, the remaining 75% is used for many other processes.  Lastly, figure out how the gigawatts of electricity needed to meet our current consumption can be produced using alternative energy in a cost effective manner.  Get back to me with the costs if your calculator can generate the numbers.  Now, I am going to rev up my air conditioner and watch a ball game on my HD BIG screen TV while drinking a nice cold beer.

S Spade's picture

milliondollarbozo is suker for every hoax that blows his way

PUNE's picture

SPAM ALERT:  John Law Lives





PUNE's picture

Weren't you the one bragging on all of your good trades because of Shepwave?  


So, give it a rest. You are right Alt Right Girl is a moron but most people on here do not care that Shepwave is analyzing gold or oil. lol

AllOfGood's picture

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

laser's picture

Hillary's lawyer is going to charge that much by the hour.

NewHugh's picture

I always figured AltRightGirl and MDB (and alll his immediately following postings as others) were the same spamming asshole who's willing to suck dick on both sides of the political aisle to get anyone to click ANY of his moronic article links...

John Law Lives's picture

If that is the case, that would be pathetic.

thisandthat's picture

Is fine, "girl"; they'll just create GMO corals (and fish) to cope with the glyphosate and everything will be "ok"...

GardenWeasel's picture

You're kidding. People are down arrowing this?  what, you don't think Monsanto would lie? Isn't that adorable.    Glyphosate was designed to interfere with plant biology. Half the plankton is plants. Coral eats plankton.  Coral also has a symbiotic relationship with algae that can be killed by glyphosate thus affecting the coral. Is that too big a stretch for you?  Humans are affected because glyphosate kills some of your gut bacteria which are vital to your health.  I am surprised to see such scientific illiteracy here on ZH.  Is there a troll outbreak?  It is especially telling that there are down arrows with no comments to back them up.  

thisandthat's picture

They're downvoting because he's a spammer.

The problem isn't even so much (only) glyphosate, but the surfactants that go with it to "enhance" its effectivity, which increase intake hundredsfold.

Winston Churchill's picture

The bright red eyes you'll see as it kills you.

Good luck.

Sudden Debt's picture

I've heard that if you blow softly on their noses that they'll stop attacking you.

I'd say: GIVE IT A SHOT!

True Blue's picture

If that doesn't work, I'd welcome someone to try French kissing it.

Please put it on Ytube so we can see how it works out.

earleflorida's picture

only if their eyes are blue...

earleflorida's picture

yep,.. going back to the 19th century is a 'Great Leap Forward" mr. trump, and throw in some whale blubber/ oil while your at it! 

Scrimpy's picture

Haywood? Haywood Jablowmie? Is that really you?



How do you heat or cool your home?

aloha_snakbar's picture

He lives in FL; in the winter they just rub a couple of wetbacks together for heat...