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More settled science consensus: the formation of coal in the Caboniferous looks to be “grounded in abiotic processes”

Researcher cites a tendency in science to ignore, rather than go after, theories believed to be false. Two Stanford geologists are disputing the decade-old explanation of the large amount of coal accumulated during the Carboniferous Period. Associate Professor Kevin Boyce and Postdoctorate Research Fellow Matthew Nelsen collaborated with scientists across the country to release a…

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President Obama: 3 Year Moratorium on New Coal Mines

Guest essay by Eric Worrall President Obama has just announced a 3 year moratorium on leasing federal land for new coal mines, pending a review of the impact of coal on the global climate. According to Scientific American; Obama Halts Federal Coal Leasing Citing Climate Change The U.S. temporarily halts coal leasing on federal lands…

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Climate Divestment Rhetoric, Meet Reality

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Australian ABC has unusually printed an almost balanced article, about the future prospects of coal, in which they contrast the sharp divide between green divestment rhetoric, and the market reality, which is that demand for coal is soaring. World in danger of spending trillions on unviable fossil fuel projects,…

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Are Stringent Vehicle Emissions Standards Driving a Surge in Coal?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The pressure to conform to tightening vehicle emissions standards and fuel efficiency specifications is intense. Everyone knows about the recent Volkswagen Emissions Scandal, in which Volkswagen rigged the test to produce better results. As part of the push for better fuel efficiency, which feeds through into a better emission profile,…

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Asia’s coal power climate joke

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Mother Jones is celebrating that China has just committed $3.1 billion to help poor countries fight climate change. Mother Jones cautiously states they don’t know what China means by this statement. My guess is they know very well what China probably means – but they don’t want to detract from…

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Japan: Building coal plants is “climate finance”

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Minerals Council of Australia has pushed back at coal divestment campaigns, by pointing out that Japan has joined the Asian infrastructure rush, by offering “climate finance” loans to aid the construction of up to 1000 new high tech coal power plants throughout Asia. According to The Australian; More than…