Things That Make You Go “Hmmm”: Trump Promotes Coal At UN Climate Talks

“According to reports, members of the Trump administration will lend their support to an event to promote fossil fuels and nuclear power as solutions to climate change.
 
Speakers from coal giant Peabody Energy, among others, will make a presentation to highlight the role that coal and other fuels can play in curbing the impacts of rising temperatures.”
 
See Anger over Trump support for coal at UN climate talks
For the greater certainty:
C (coal) + O2 -> CO2 yields more CO2 per unit of energy production than natural gas, CH4 + 2O2 -> CO2 + 2H2O. So, how is coal going to help? It isn’t. Sure you can mop up CO2 as it’s produced but it tends to get loose eventually. Carbonates fizz. Alcohols burn. Stuff eats sugar and then dies…

This is just more Trumpist nonsense trying to convince us that old coal is better than natural gas that pumps itself out of Earth or that renewable energy is too costly. What’s the cost of destroying all life on Earth? You can’t undo millions of years of biology and geology in a century and not break things. Coal and fossil fuels were once part of the biosphere and Nature locked them away as life evolved, Leave them locked up.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.

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5 Responses to Things That Make You Go “Hmmm”: Trump Promotes Coal At UN Climate Talks

  1. Deaf Spy says:

    If you say so, Bob. I mean 90% of new natural gas wells are fracked, but ok.

    Further in Robert’s little Universe, Linux is winning the desktop and ARMs are replacing Intel chips, and Putin is a great leader for forcing Russia to use Linux (however, Russians don’t seem to listen and keep using Windows and MSO).

  2. Ivan says:

    If you say so, Bob. I mean 90% of new natural gas wells are fracked, but ok.

  3. Ivan wrote, “Care to explain how strip mining is less clean than pumping toxic chemicals into wells?”

    A lot of natural gas is under pressure and pumps itself out. No toxic chemicals need apply. Why would anyone use toxic chemicals when water or air would do? Further, burning coal releases a lot of oxides of nitrogen and even radioactive substances into the air. It’s dirty from start to finish. Natural gas at least is a fluid and can be filtered/scrubbed/neutralized a bit. You have to burn coal to get anything clean out and then the damage is done. Where do all the waste gases and ashes and tars go?

  4. Grece says:

    CHUCKLE.

    I use to think gas-fracking was a good thing long ago, but not anymore. If the Greenie Weenies had their way, we would be using nothing! Cant use whale oil, it kills whales. Cant use wood it kills trees.

  5. Ivan says:

    This is just more Trumpist nonsense trying to convince us that old coal is better than natural gas that pumps itself out of Earth

    Care to explain how strip mining is less clean than pumping toxic chemicals into wells? That’s close to Peter Dolding level bullshit, Bob.

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