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Coal myths and environmental realities

Alvin L. Alm

Coal myths and environmental realities

industrial fuel use decisions in a time of change

by Alvin L. Alm

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Published by Westview Press in Boulder, Colo .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States.,
  • United States
    • Subjects:
    • Coal trade -- Government policy -- United States.,
    • Industries -- Power supply -- United States -- Decision making.,
    • Fossil fuels -- Environmental aspects -- United States.,
    • Fossil fuels -- United States -- Costs.,
    • Air -- Pollution -- Law and legislation -- United States.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references and index.

      StatementAlvin L. Alm with Joan P. Curhan.
      SeriesWestview special studies in natural resources and energy management
      ContributionsCurhan, Joan P.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsHD9546 .A45 1984
      The Physical Object
      Paginationxviii, 154 p. :
      Number of Pages154
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL3174578M
      ISBN 100865317127
      LC Control Number83016940

      The American, December 29, The urgent motive for an ad campaign this time is the possibility of federal global warming legislation. And there are still massive efficiencies to be found almost everywhere energy is used. There will be more than billion tons of CO2 generated between and

      To achieve this urgent goal without massive economic dislocation and reduction in standards of living, global investment in fossil fuel efficiency will be just as important as the development and massive deployment of alternative energy technologies and delivery systems. But Smil doesn't do a great job of presenting the context. From this he concludes that CO2 reductions potentials are much lower than often stated. The American, December 29, Capacity factor of Wind Power Realized Values vs.

      Critically, he lays out the arduous path for getting from here to there. Source: Boccard, N. Even in its early days, the U. Winner of the Joseph Levenson Book Prize. And we are almost certainly underestimating the negative health impacts, as these figures are based on the impacts of only some of the known pollutants e. I recommend this book to everyone who spends time working on energy issues, not to cheer them up but to help them have a stronger framework for evaluating energy promises.


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Coal myths and environmental realities book

In this country, most research focuses on coal gasification, which aims to remove CO2 and other pollutants before combustion. Selected facts are contorted to create an energy myth for Smil to debunk, dismissing those who made foolish claims as naive or incompetent. From this he concludes that CO2 reductions potentials are much lower than often stated.

Only a spoilsport would add that the study was paid for by the coal industry and that the article appeared not in a peer-reviewed journal, but in a trade magazine.

If predictions from global warming scientists are correct, that may be too late. So, ambient air pollution and its detrimental health impacts are a reality.

It is possible to make coal emissions cleaner.

The Cost Of Coal On The Environment

Even in its early days, the U. Twitter 0 You may have noticed ambient air quality returning to centre stage globally as a hot topic of discussion and debate. Just in time to skirt the various plans to cap or tax CO2, coal is getting rebranded. The U. They are generally shut down only for scheduled maintenance or emergency repair, but their electricity output is still adjustable according to electricity demands.

We may earn money if you buy from a link. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. This is over 10, times more volume than is available in the current experimental carbon sequestration storage projects. Had Smil addressed this literature, he may have stumbled across Tim Jackson's "Prosperity Without Growth" piece and related articles that make a clear case why the developed countries may have to plateau or reverse economic growth, at least in several sectors, to stay within climate limits.

Regardless of the date or accuracy of the original data sources, what stands out about this study is the national-averaging methodology used, which masks the poor performance of polluted urban centers, particularly in countries with large rural areas.

I agree with Smil that nuclear-powered electricity may have a significant role to play in the future.

And many Americans remain dubious about both the causes and the appropriate solutions for global warming. Energy Information Administration projections, natural gas prices for electric power generation will nearly double between andwhile coal prices over the same period will only increase 30 percent.

And the commitment to clean? Global material cycles. The new buzzword is " clean coal "--and it's being portrayed as the high-tech, low-emissions fuel of the future.

But in January, the federal government canceled that project because of runaway costs. Science The next 50 years: Unfolding trends.

Assuming no specialized knowledge, the author walks the reader chapter by chapter through each of the fossil fuels oil, coal, and natural gas and each of the alternative energy sources nuclear, hydroelectric, biofuel, wind, solar, geothermal, and hydrogen.Vaclav Smil warns in Energy Myths and Realities, however, that a shift to renewable energy is a long-term project, not something that can be done in a mere decade.

In this brief on the intersection between science and public policy, Smil analyzes the prospects of /5. The above picture is a real picture that my good friend Rick took and emailed to me from his blackberry last Friday.

With his permission, I sent a twitpic of it out to the twitterverse with the caption, “CLEAN COAL MY ASS!” Let’s just say that twitpic got re-tweeted all over the place through the weekend which resulted in this twitter reply from @AmericasPower.

May 31,  · I have never yet found any book or author who does a more thorough, unanswerable job of demolishing universally held environmental myths than Mr. Bryce does. Other stated goals include, "local environmental quality, energy price stability, development of local industry and job creation, reduced reliance on coal, other fossil fuels and nuclear plants or to solve location specific problems like forest thinning and fire protection in the case of biomass.” (American Coal, Issue 1p).

The book contains clear and concise arguments, and it is relevant reading for environmentalists, policymakers, and those in academia concerned with environment protection. Toke appreciates China’s role in addressing environmental challenges and its efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a way that will benefit hildebrandsguld.com: Rajiv Ranjan.

Nov 13,  · Sustainable Investing: Debunking 5 Common Myths. It began as a niche desire. Originally, sustainable investing was confined to a subset of investors who wanted their investments to match their values.