#PoweringPastCoal Fails to Recognize Global Energy Realities and is a Climate Change Coal Demarketing Campaign by Renewables Industry, says Friends of Science


“Carbon dioxide is not a control knob that can fine tune climate” – Judith Curry, Atmospheric Scientist, Georgia Tech

Global coal production and consumption grew sharply from about 2.3 billion tonnes of oil equivalent in 1991 to 3.8 billion tonnes of oil equivalent in 2013

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CALGARY, Alberta

At COP23 in Bonn, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Hon.Catherine McKenna, formed a coalition consisting of six countries that do not use coal and another thirteen countries that use 3.5% of global coal consumption to push for global phase-out of coal under the name #PoweringPastCoal, as reported by The Guardian, Nov. 16, 2017. Friends of Science says the entire thinking is flawed when some 30% of the world’s energy is supplied by affordable, abundant coal, and “Global coal production and consumption grew sharply from about 2.3 billion tonnes of oil equivalent in 1991 to 3.8 billion tonnes of oil equivalent in 2013, before declining slightly” as reported in an Oct. 17, 2017 blog post by Robert Lyman, Ottawa energy policy consultant. Renewables like intermittent wind and solar provide only about 2% of the world’s energy and must be backed-up 24/7 by conventional power.

Friends of Science says this #PoweringPastCoal push appears to be a means of propping up renewables investments. According to a Jan. 4, 2017 article in The Guardian, renewables investment in the UK is set to drop off by 95% between 2017 and 2020 due to collapsing subsidies. The Washington Times reported on July 20, 2015 that renewables investors had been funding the Sierra Club for millions of dollars to demarket coal.

Friends of Science Society says renewables cannot support even basic society. They say Canadians should reject the addition of unviable European renewables in Canada where wind/solar subsidies have already skyrocketed into the billions of dollars, as outlined in their latest report: “Subsidies to Solar and Wind Energy In Canada – An Inventory.”

The cost of power in Alberta is set to triple, due to the phase-out of affordable, reliable coal, as foretold by this op-ed of April 8, 2016 in the Globe and Mail.

Renewables have negative consequences for large industry. Australian industry has been hit by massive blackouts and costs of >$105 US million in damages due to wide-scale addition of renewables to the grid and coal phase-out, as reported in Adelaide Now on Feb. 21, 2017. The CEO of mining giant BHP Billiton is quoted as saying: “….latest outage shows Australia’s investability and jobs are placed in peril by the failure of policy to both reduce emissions and secure affordable, dispatchable and uninterrupted power,’’ he said.

As reported by MRS Journal, May 23, 2016 by Prof. Michael J. Kelly of Cambridge, wind and solar cannot support basic society, and does not address climate change. Canadian winter temperatures can dip to minus 40°C/F.

Coal is demonized as a large emitter of carbon dioxide. Friends of Science Society says that carbon dioxide is not the control knob on climate change; coal phase-out in Alberta will do nothing but make people poor, miserable and unemployed. In the absent of equivalent, affordable, reliable energy, a #PoweringPastCoal global phase-out would cause worldwide chaos.

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Carrie Brunner grew up in a small town in northern New Brunswick. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Carrie writes mostly on provincial stories.
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