Making Coal Great Again

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.


Looney Sat, 06/17/2017 - 12:52 Permalink

  I have a Global Warming question… Are there any Albino Polar Bears and how do you tell them apart from the normal ones?  ;-) Looney

MillionDollarBonus_ John Law Lives Sat, 06/17/2017 - 13:23 Permalink

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

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SwaziRed Pure Evil Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:41 Permalink

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.

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E5 SwaziRed Sat, 06/17/2017 - 15:39 Permalink

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.

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EddieLomax SwaziRed Sat, 06/17/2017 - 18:15 Permalink

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.

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Sparkey SwaziRed Sat, 06/17/2017 - 22:27 Permalink

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!

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Muddy1 MillionDollarBonus_ Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:35 Permalink

@NMDM,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.

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GardenWeasel Alt RightGirl Sat, 06/17/2017 - 14:50 Permalink

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.  

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