USA – Massive Coal Mining Expansion
Posted by Tory Aardvark
On Tuesday US Interior Secretary Ken Salazaar announced a huge increase in US coal production, which is likely to increase US CO2 output by 50% which has upset the ecomentalists and promoters of eco terrorism at Grist.org.
A statement from Wild Earth Guardians, Sierra Club, and Defenders of Wildlife put the announcement in perspective:
When burned, the coal threatens to release more than 3.9 billion tons of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, equal to the annual emissions from 300 coal-fired power plants, further cementing the United States as a leading contributor to climate disruption … Salazar’s announcement is a stark contrast to his call for clean energy. Interior, for example, touted that in 2010, 4,000 megawatts of renewable energy development were authorized. And in today’s press conference, Secretary Salazar announced Interior’s intent to authorize more than 12,000 megawatts of renewable energy by the end of next year … Yet in opening the door for 2.35 billion tons of coal mining, Salazar’s announcement effectively enables more than 300,000 megawatts of coal-fired energy — 30 times more dirty energy development than renewable energy.
Bad move affordable reliable energy according to the ecomentalists, they prefer unreliable, expensive and heavily subsidised renewables.
But we also need to consider our broader approach to accountability. Really — if Obama’s coal and oil blitz doesn’t spur large protests at the White House, the environmental movement might as well pack its bags, rub on some patchouli, and head to the mountains (at least until the bulldozers come). At the end of the day, if we are to succeed, we will need to earn the respect of our friends and foes alike, and that starts with hitting the ballot box and the streets.
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Posted on April 1, 2011, in Anthropogenic Global Warming, Cancun COP16, Church Of Climatology, Climategate, COP16, Eco Terrorism, Green Lies, ManBearPig, Oh FFS, Social Engineering, US Politics and tagged Anthropogenic Global Warming, Church of Climatology, Climategate, Grist.org. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.