By Peter Andrew – ConservativeAmerican.org
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Maybe this year, just to be different, you can get coal in your stocking if you were Nice!
While King Obama continues to try to eliminate the entire coal industry, more than likely the power you have in your home tonight to light that Christmas tree comes from good old American coal.
That’s right. I said “good” coal. Not ‘evil, black, corporate jet-flying, fat-cat CEO coal’ as the democrat party wants you to think of it. Nope. I mean the actual coal that each of us should be grateful for this Holiday!
The American Coal Council is helping us this week to get rid of some of the myths you may have been told or taught about coal.
Myth 1 – Removing coal and fossil fuel-based electricity generation and replacing them with alternative energy will necessarily reduce CO2 emissions.
Fact: The reality is that relying on renewables to reduce CO2 emissions may do nothing and could even have the opposite effect!! The ACC says since wind power has a “limited load factor even when technically available,” utilities need to maintain permanently online back up generation “with capacities equal to 90% of the installed wind power capacity … to guarantee power supply at all times.” ConservativeAmerican.org has spoken with a construction crew involved in building those huge wind turbines you see and we are told they never will pay for themselves. By the time they come close, they already have to be replaced. A total waste of money!
The back up generation needed for wind typically has to be a fossil fuel. Other research suggests that, depending on the nature of the firming power needed to back it up, the addition of wind power to the generation mix may have no impact on CO2 emissions – or, it may even increase them.
Natural gas used as wind back-up in place of baseload or intermediate gas (in the absence of wind) results in approximately the same gas burn and an increase in related emissions, including CO2. ConservativeAmerican,org also supports the use of natural gas and fracking. The ACC says extrapolating from this example to the whole, the working hypothesis is that intermittent wind (and solar) are not effective CO2 mitigation strategies because of inefficiencies introduced by fast-ramping (inefficient) operation of gas turbines for firming otherwise intermittent and thus non-usable power.
European utilities are discovering the same negative and perverse outcomes to the widespread use of wind as a CO2 mitigation strategy. Flemming Nissen, the head of development at West Danish generating company ELSAM (one of Denmark’s largest energy utilities) tells us that “wind turbines do not reduce carbon dioxide emissions.” The German experience is no different. Der Spiegel reports that “Germany’s CO2 emissions haven’t been reduced by even a single gram,” and additional coal- and gas-fired plants have been constructed to ensure reliable delivery.
Tomorrow, we’ll tackle another coal myth.