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Could Ardern stop and think, just once?

Ardern took time to make a virtue-signalling speech at the “One Planet Summit” in New York.

Questions:

  1. Does she believe in the concept of “one planet”?
  2. If so, does she consider that China is on the same “one planet” as New Zealand?
  3. If so, has she looked at the increase in China’s consumption of coal?
  4. If so, why does she think that anything we do in New Zealand (on the same, one planet) will make the slightest bit of difference?

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The Future of Energy: Nuclear, Gas and Coal-based Generation

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GUEST POST

Today’s guest post by Whaleoil reader Bruce Alan Forbes is part of an article he wrote called The Future of Energy with predictions for 2040. As it is an in-depth analysis I divided it into six posts so that we could discuss each part separately.

Nuclear, Gas and Coal-based Generation

Nuclear power stations operate at high capacity factors and generate large amounts of CO2 – free electricity. They have enormous potential for achieving major reductions in emissions of CO2. Unlike intermittent and unreliable renewable sources, they do not need the inefficient, fossil-fuel burning, backup power stations to maintain output when the wind does not blow or the sun does not shine. Statistics show convincingly that nuclear power is by far the safest form of large-scale electricity generation.

In contrast, coal-fired power stations are responsible for the deaths of thousands of miners worldwide each year and hydropower stations have also killed thousands of people.

At present, nuclear power is typically more expensive than gas or coal-fired power generation in the U.S. and Europe. This is due to the long construction times resulting from bureaucratic regulatory hurdles. Eventually, nuclear power stations will become the main source of clean, low-cost electricity; particularly in non-OECD countries.

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What was Andrew Little’s role in Pike River?

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George commented last night:

Could you ever imagine John Key making such a childish statement when debating the recovery of the Pike River miners? Andrew Little at his contemptuous best. “Just this week, Mr Key sent Nick Smith to threaten the Pike families with arrest if they try to stop Solid Energy entombing their loved ones”. what a bonehead! It is statements like that which endorses the commonly held belief that he does not have the dignity, decorum or intelligence to lead the country. Whilst this braindead statement is a figment of his unionist imagination, the more disturbing aspect of this uttering is his belief that it will generate political capital. This is clear evidence how out of touch he is with the common decency of the average Kiwi.

Whilst we are on the issue of Pike River might I take the liberty to remind you Andrew of a few small details. At the time of the 2010 explosion you were head of the EPMU which represented approximately half of the 140 miners on the site. You said there had been no problems at Pike River Coal and defended its safety record. (21 Nov 2010 Morning Report RNZ) and (NZH 22 Nov). The question that needs to be answered is why you sat on your hands when members of your union had expressed concerns about the safety of the mine?   Read more »

Eh wot? Greenpeace lobbies for coal mine to stay open?

I know…hard to believe…but its true.

Greenpeace appears to be lobbying for a coal mine to stay open.

They are criticising Genesis for ceasing coal usage to generate electricity because it jeopardises coal miners livelihoods.

Last week, Genesis, the company that runs Huntly Power Station, announced it was shutting down its smoke-belching, coal-fired boilers as competition from cheaper power like wind and solar is making it too expensive to run.

This is good news for our health and the future of our children, and an important step towards taking the pollution out of our economy.

But while we herald this as a victory for common sense and necessary to safeguard our planet, we must not forget that this decision will affect people’s livelihoods and families.

Small communities up and down the country have long mined for coal, and the industry has played an important part in the survival of these local economies.    Read more »

What would you say if I told you each wind turbine needs 225 tonnes of coal to produce?

The Green taliban love to promote wind power.

Apparently it is clean and green.

But like most things these hypocrites tout they don’t tell you the full story of them.

Like how they use rare earth metals, mining of which is creating highly toxic sites around the world.

But perhaps the most interesting salient fact that the green taliban forget to tell you is that all of those wind turbines are sitting on top of steel towers…each of which needs 225 tonnes of coal to manufacture.

Now unless they are proposing to find a replacement for steel sometime soon they have a little bit of a problem with their claims, considering they constantly promote campaigns against “dirty coal”.

[C]ampaigners claim that coal has no future in a low emissions world. Not true. New generation technologies are slashing CO2 emissions from coal fired plants by as much as 40 per cent. These high efficiency low emissions plants are being rolled out in China, Japan and elsewhere in Asia. And the first large scale carbon capture and storage coal plant in Canada has slashed its CO2 emissions by 90 per cent. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has estimated the cost of meeting global reduction targets will be 138 per cent higher without the deployment of carbon capture and storage.   Read more »

Writedowns see value Solid Energy plummet

Here is a question for you… why does Mark Ford receive a full salary for his role at Watercare as CEO when he also spends time feeding from the government trough for such activities as Solid Energy chair?

Ailing state-owned coal miner Solid Energy’s net value to the taxpayer has plunged from more than half a billion dollars to less than $100 million in three years, its annual result yesterday revealed.

The company reported a $335 million loss as it wrote down the value of mines, alternative energy investments and land to the tune of $215.3 million and incurred $102.2 million in one-off restructuring, redundancy and closure costs.  Read more »

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No one bludges more than green energy projects

Just goes to show that these new green energy projects are nothing but corporate welfare writ large and they are nothing more than bludging ratbags.

Environmentalists frequently imply global warming is causing an increase in the frequency and intensity of weather events like Sandy. Yet, a 2011 Reason Foundation study found that the world’s death rate from extreme weather events was lower from 2000 to 2010 than it was been in any decade since 1900.

Deaths caused by extreme weather events peaked in the 1920s, when there were 241 deaths a year per million people in the world. But from 2000 to 2010 there were just 5.4 deaths a year per million people, a 98 percent decline in the weather-related death rate.

Furthermore, Dr. Indur M. Goklany, author of the Reason report and science policy analysts for the United States Department of the Interior, found “deaths and death rates from droughts” today are “99.9% lower than in the 1920s.”

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Germans get bitten on the arse by green energy

Green energy isn’t free as the Germans are finding out.

It is an audacious undertaking with wide and deep support in Germany: shut down the nation’s nuclear power plants, wean the country from coal and promote a wholesale shift to renewable energy sources.

But the plan, backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel and opposition parties alike, is running into problems in execution that are forcing Germans to come face to face with the costs and complexities of sticking to their principles.

German families are being hit by rapidly increasing electricity rates, to the point where growing numbers of them can no longer afford to pay the bill. Businesses are more and more worried that their energy costs will put them at a disadvantage to competitors in nations with lower energy costs, and some energy-intensive industries have begun to shun the country because they fear steeper costs ahead.  Read more »

Nicola Toki trips over her own tongue

If there’s one thing militant conservationists tree/snail huggers are becoming increasingly notorious for, it is rank hypocrisy. When Nikola Toki isn’t busy jumping up and down about Bathurst Resources plan to mine the Denniston Plateau, opposing the creation of jobs and its flow on effects for the economy, she’s busy burning solid fuel and polluting the atmosphere with smoke.

Hypo-fucking-crite

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Coal making a comeback?

Coal could be making a comeback in the US now prices have dropped.

Remember all the stories about how a glut of cheap shale gas was killing off coal in the United States and slashing the country’s carbon-dioxide emissions? It’s time to revise those headlines slightly.

According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration, coal has been reclaiming some — though not all — of its market share in 2013:

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