The Resurgence of the American Coal Industry

Guest post by David Middleton America’s Biggest Coal Miner Is Joining the Comeback Under Trump by Tim Loh April 3, 2017, 4:28 PM CDT April 4, 2017, 1:14 PM CDT Peabody is following rival Arch Coal out of bankruptcy The coal miner has for decades served as industry’s bellwether Peabody Energy Corp., America’s largest coal…

The Shame of Chinese Coal

I note much discussion around a recent WUWT post entitled “China: USA is “Selfish” for Wanting to Burn Coal“. It featured the Chinese telling us that we are “selfish” to burn coal and that we should reduce our coal use, because carbon. Now, in the way of conflicts of interests, I should disclose that I…

What NPR Misses About Energy Jobs In America

Guest post by David Middleton In 2008, candidate Barack Obama ran an ad with this opening line: “The hands that built this nation can build a new economy. The hands that harvest crops can also harvest the wind.” And then it showed men working on roofs: “The hands that install roofs can also install solar…

Fear of Nuclear – Part 3

Guest essay by Roger Graves This post deals with the disposal of spent fuel from nuclear power stations, and whether our fears concerning it are justified. You can also read Part 1 and Part 2. Nuclear fuel typically consists of either uranium dioxide (UO2) or a mixture of UO2 and plutonium dioxide (PuO2), commonly known…

Dean Swift’s foresight – Energy in the 21st century

Guest essay by William York None of these projects are yet brought to perfection The chaos surrounding the management of this nation’s electricity supply had been anticipated back in the eighteenth century by Dean Jonathan Swift. How did he do it? Swift writing Gulliver’s Travels in 1726 made a long range forecast of such incredible…

U.S. EIA: “Record Precipitation, Snowpack in California”

Guest post by David Middleton MARCH 22, 2017 Record precipitation, snowpack in California expected to increase hydro generation in 2017 For the first time since 2011, California’s drought is significantly weakening—a result of one of the wettest winters on record. California has experienced record levels of precipitation this winter, and unlike last winter, cooler temperatures…