Coal and the Unreachable Climate Goal

While the Obama administration continues to promote its war on coal, and fossil fuels in general, coal usage worldwide continues at a brisk pace.

While silly movies, like Before the Flood, promote COP 21 goals, the world continues to favor the use of coal for generating electricity.

Wind and solar grab the headlines, but coal does the job.

It can be said, with little contradiction, that it is impossible to cut CO2 emissions enough to prevent the forthcoming climate disaster, assuming CO2 is the cause of global warming.

One must wonder why the United States should destroy its economy and the standard of living of Americans, when its impossible to prevent the onrushing climate disaster, if CO2 is the cause of global warming.

Bloomberg promotes the COP 21 agenda, yet it also recognizes that coal usage will continue to grow.

Growth of coal in Asia, (right graph) Courtesy of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)
Growth of coal in Asia, (right graph) Courtesy of Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF)

In recent years, China has been building two coal-fired power plants per week, but now forecasts a reduction.

The reduction? Build one, rather than two, coal-fired power plants each week.

Japan is pushing to build more coal-fired power plants to replace the nuclear power that has been sidelined after the Fukushima disaster caused by a tidal wave.

This chart from the EIA shows that CO2 emissions from developing countries will overwhelm the puny reductions in CO2 emissions from Europe, the US and other developed countries.

The growth in coal usage in developing countries is the major contributor to the growth in CO2 emissions.

CO2 projections from EIA
CO2 projections from EIA

Europe, with its massive, costly push to cut CO2 emissions, has achieved very little in the way of reducing CO2 emissions.

Coal will remain a significant share of energy usage by 2040, regardless of all the COP 21 efforts to kill coal.

The Obama administration and the EPA demand that the United States cut its CO2 emissions 80% by 2050, but this is obviously not enough to stop the growth in worldwide CO2 emissions.

To achieve an 80% reduction, Americans would have to cut their per capita CO2 emissions from 16.6 tons per person today, to 2.3 tons by 2050.

Cutting CO2 emissions 80% is virtually impossible to do, but even if it were technically possible, it would destroy America’s standard of living.

Quoting, Bloomberg New Energy Finance founder Michael Liebreich:

“The [Japanese] utilities are seeing how difficult it is to restart the nuclear power stations after Fukushima, so they’ve decided to build coal.”

“If Asia keeps building coal-fired power stations, then there is no way of sticking within a carbon budget consistent with 2 degrees,”

Efforts by the EPA to cut the use of coal and natural gas are harming Americans, with no possible benefit.

Atmospheric CO2 will continue to rise well past the magical 400 ppm, where there will be, according to DiCaprio, Gore and Obama, a climate catastrophe.

Attempting to cut CO2 emissions is a dangerous delusion, and the next few articles will explain why.

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Nothing to Fear, Chapter 14, explains why it’s impossible to cut CO2 emissions 80%.

Nothing to Fear is available from Amazon and some independent book sellers.

Link to Amazon:

Book Cover, Nothing to Fear
Book Cover, Nothing to Fear

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