Coal power, James Hansen and the RE law

* Originally posted on July 18, 2012.

Way back in 15 February 2009, the head of NASA GISS (Goddard Institute for Space Studies), Dr. James Hansen, proclaimed these scary scenarios:

“A year ago, I wrote to Gordon Brown… causing more warming. As species are exterminated by shifting climate zones, ecosystems can collapse, destroying more species….Our planet is in peril. If we do not change course, we’ll hand our children a situation that is out of their control. One ecological collapse will lead to another, in amplifying feedbacks.

practically all of the glaciers could be gone within 50 years – if carbon dioxide continues to increase at current rates. Coral reefs, harbouring a quarter of ocean species, are threatened…

Clearly, if we burn all fossil fuels, we will destroy the planet we know. Carbon dioxide would increase to 500 ppm or more. We would set the planet on a course to the ice-free state, with sea level 75 metres higher….

Coal is not only the largest fossil fuel reservoir of carbon dioxide, it is the dirtiest fuel. Coal is polluting the world’s oceans and streams with mercury, arsenic and other dangerous chemicals. The dirtiest trick that governments play on their citizens is the pretence that they are working on “clean coal” or that they will build power plants that are “capture-ready” in case technology is ever developed to capture all pollutants.

The trains carrying coal to power plants are death trains. Coal-fired power plants are factories of death….”

Can one believe that?
* coal is the single biggest threat to civilization
* climate nearing tipping points, destruction of more species
* planet in peril, ecological collapse will lead to another
* all the glaciers could be gone in 50 years (by 2059)
* sea level 75 meters higher (about 25 storeys high building, gasp!)
* death trains, coal power plants are factories of death.

Wow, one wonders if it was an objective scientist or an environmental priest who wrote that.

 Here’s a recent update about that story,
Hansen’s Death Trains – now with extra scary ‘coal fallout’
Posted on July 17, 2012 by Anthony Watts

I posted my article Fat-Free Econ 16: Coal, Climate and Government in my UPSEAA yahoogroups, there were a few exchanges. I am posting a summary of my arguments there.

About the greenies who might get angry at my article, I have actually challenged them to a debate a few times in the past — in direct emails, yahoogroups, facebook, twitter, etc., there is only one standard reply: the sound of silence. I think it is their favorite song too by Simon and Garfunkel.

About the proposal by the NREB to impose a carbon tax, here is the news report.
Carbon tax on fossil fuel-fed power plants pushed

By: Euan Paulo C. Anonuevo,
April 20, 2012 7:26 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The National Renewable Energy Board (NREB) is pushing for a “carbon tax” on power plants that run on fossil fuels to help offset the cost of renewable energy projects.

During the 2nd Philippine Renewable Energy Summit, Pete H. Maniego Jr., NREB chairman, said the government should consider imposing a tax similar to that in India to support renewable projects.

“If the $1.00 per metric ton carbon tax is imposed on coal imports only, $10.97 million or P469.00 million could be raised,” he said….

Fellow UPSE alumni Vince Perez, I think, is a key figure for many of these renewable energy (RE) rackets. The RE law of 2008 was enacted when he was DOE Secretary. When his term ended, he became WWF President or Chairman, and WWF is a monster lobbyist for climate alarmism and racket, so WWF is among those pushing for the full enactment of the RE law and the feed in tariff (FIT) scheme. He also owns two power companies engaged in wind power, including the poster photo wind farms in Ilocos.

I follow Viince on twitter. Last May 08, 2012, he was attending one of those international fora how to save the planet, he was tweeting what was going on, I was replying to his tweets, like these:

 Global temps are falling, sea level not rising, global cooling not warming,

 Vince, WWF makes oodles of money with climate alarmism and public deception,

He did not reply.

I also replied to tweets by the Climate Change Commission (CCC) last May 7 and 8 this year,

  “Fight climate change”, how can you fight one that naturally occurs? Endless racket?

  Endless WB racket and climate alarmism by the CCC, climate change is purely natural,

And none of them too, would reply. The problem with the climate racket is that it is the UN and the multilaterals, WB and ADB included, which are the big alarmism pushers, no different from those drug pushers. For these banks, climate mitigation loans, climate adaptation loans, renewable energy loans, electric tricycle loans, etc. are cute ways to extort more money from taxpayers in the name of saving the planet.

Then the rent seeking greenies like the WWF and Greenpeace play tango-salsa-el bimbo with the UN, multilaterals and national governments. Each of them happy milking more money from our pockets, telling us what power sources we can put up and subsidize, and which ones to demonize if not kill.


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