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Europe Is Transitioning - To Coal!

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Posted By: Judy W., 10/30/2022 8:14:10 PM

In Germany, they are tearing down a wind farm to make room for the expansion of an open pit lignite coal mine. Dismantling of wind turbines has already begun. Lignite is brown coal. It has been mined at the mine in question for well over a hundred years. RWE, the German company that owns the mine has also announced that it is returning lignite-fired coal units that were previously on standby to service. Those plants came back online this month. (Snip) The demand for coal will reach a record high in 2022. The International Energy Agency has reported that coal use in Europe is up by seven percent in 2022.


The beginning of the return of sanity. Too bad wind turbines can't be burned as fuel. They can't even be recycled. Just a blot on the earth forever.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: sw penn 10/30/2022 8:24:24 PM (No. 1319184)
Wind mills, green energy... A total waste of money and time. That society never has too much of...
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Reply 2 - Posted by: scottj 10/30/2022 8:28:01 PM (No. 1319188)
Thank god. For the last 10 years or so winters have been getting colder. Fire up the coal plants. Produce more greenhouse gas and warm things up!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: NoRino 10/30/2022 8:39:11 PM (No. 1319197)
Requiring a subscription is such a disappointment. Many readers are not going to subscribe in order to read an article.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: jeffkinnh 10/30/2022 8:46:30 PM (No. 1319207)
There is not much political context in the article, more a practical declaration to burn coal or freeze this winter. Of course this is what rational people have been saying about efforts to "fix" the climate for a long time, we do NOT have the technology to dump fossil fuels. As the article mentions, we could have gone to nuclear but that can't be implemented overnight. It also seems that "someone" might have mentioned that Russia's Putin was not a reliable person to be banking on for your energy future. No matter what the this and that of the process, this is a COMPLETE repudiation of the climate Alarmists agenda. When Americans are asked they consistently say that while environmentalism is a good goal, they do NOT want to pay a lot to accomplish it. The PRICE that people are willing to pay for something is a "poll" of sorts. In this case, the support for unbounded' costly environmentalism is very low. What Europe has quickly decided is that practical energy policy VASTLY trumps environmentalism! PERIOD! END OF DISCUSSION! Further, it is abundantly clear that despite all the predictions that we can transition to Green energy, it is a lie. The technology to do so does NOT exist. The TRUTH is that Alarmists have been pushing us to is a low energy, miserable, deadly existence. The current results of failed "enlightened" energy policies are like a worldwide string of Category 5 hurricanes hitting across the world. Europe's response per the article and America's likely response in November is to toss the insane Alarmist policy makers out on their butts. Once politicians realize that it is not in their best interest to promote such policies, i.e they can't get elected, the truth will begin to emerge and support for the Alarmists will fall apart.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds 10/30/2022 9:09:03 PM (No. 1319231)
An interesting fact, the windmills being torn down are no longer eligible for subsidies from the government…
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Reply 6 - Posted by: downnout 10/30/2022 9:12:24 PM (No. 1319239)
Nothing like being cold and hungry to focus the mind….it even works on lefties!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: chumley 10/30/2022 9:15:15 PM (No. 1319242)
They must be desperate. Coal typically comes in three broad grades. Anthracite (hard coal), Bituminous (soft coal) and Lignite (coal that is barely coal. More like wood). Lignite is the least desirable of all the grades. But I guess you burn what you have.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: kono 10/30/2022 9:15:24 PM (No. 1319243)
The Euroweenies aren't going "sustainable" or "green". But the Lefties who obsessed about making us like Europe will surely stick to their woke warmer crap.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: synchronicity 10/30/2022 10:44:28 PM (No. 1319316)
And the reason current nuclear technology is off the choice of options is? These use to be the most intelligent populace in the world - and then they went nuts. Bless their hearts!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 10/30/2022 10:53:41 PM (No. 1319325)
Got to give them credit for admitting a mistake and correcting it before thousands die. Will the thickheads in the US be able to react that quickly?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: MickTurn 10/30/2022 11:19:58 PM (No. 1319341)
Real Energy isn't blowing in the wind, nor is it shining from the sky, nor is it made from fairy dust like Green Crapola... Germans are pragmatic, or at least they USED to be...the French, Not so much about much...the EU Weenies, all of them signed up to the Marxist crap now they have to swim in the sewer!
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Reply 12 - Posted by: sterling431 10/30/2022 11:55:46 PM (No. 1319388)
They are also transitioning to wood this winter keep from freezing to death. Many more people die from freezing than from overheating. This obviously means we need more global warming, not less. Climate change hysteria is only believed by progressive libs who know zero about the actual science. Idiots all.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 10/31/2022 1:10:40 AM (No. 1319437)
Back to the Future! Real energy replacing Fake Energy, aka "green energy".
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Reply 14 - Posted by: smokincol 10/31/2022 1:56:10 AM (No. 1319467)
and the European commie leaders will allow that?? hmmm, don't think so
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Reply 15 - Posted by: mifla 10/31/2022 6:49:34 AM (No. 1319572)
In the Northeast part of the USA, they are transitioning to a different fuel source. Mail in ballots!
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Reply 16 - Posted by: privateer 10/31/2022 11:23:15 AM (No. 1319907)
Back in the early 60s, my science teacher taught us about the 3 grades of coal referenced above. She said that during hard times, people 'found' coal along the tracks, or in coal yards. The easiest to get was lignite. People hauled it home in gunny sacks, and it was called 'Lug-night'.
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