Coal Into Cars: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Plugs and Cars

The Ugly Coal sucks, there's really no two ways about it. But not all use of coal is alike. The Good About half our electricity comes from coal, and that will change, at best, slowly as we move to renewables. But we need to keep in mind that when we're talking about cars, even coal-generated electricity results in lower greenhouse gas emissions compared with petroleum. That includes the worst, most coal dependent areas.

2007 100

Volt for Real?

Plug In Partners

F or those who think that GM is not serious about its new PHEV , the Volt , here is a piece that makes you think they are: The Volt To Be Lutz's Legacy May 21, 2007 So, I heard General Motors’ Bob Lutz on National Public Radio’s “Wait.

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Trending Sources

The Wall Street Journals

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Fialka Wall Street Journal March 26, 2007 AUSTIN, Texas -- Of all the plans cooked up by cities to combat pollution and global warming, the one hatched here is among the most ambitious -- and, some say, one of the more quixotic. A few months back, a reporter from the WSJ came to our offices.

2007 130

UMD-led study finds China’s SO2 emissions down 75% since 2007, India’s up 50%; India may now be the top SO2 emitter

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Although China and India remain the world’s largest consumers of coal, a new University of Maryland-led study found that China’s sulfur dioxide emissions fell by 75% since 2007, while India’s emissions increased by 50%. China Coal Emissions India Policy Regulations

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Slate's EV Acid Test: Are electric cars greener?

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percent of our nation's electricity is generated by the burning of coal. Every electric car advocate is asked the same question every day: Are EVs really cleaner, greener, better for the environment? The long tailpipe, and all that. Slate, the online magazine, has an enviro Q&A column, The Green Lantern , that asks the question today. Driving one still has an environmental cost, mostly associated with the use of Santa's most feared stocking-stuffer: 49.7

2007 100

DOE and Air Force issue RFI on Mil-Spec jet fuel production using coal-to-liquid technologies

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with the US Air Force has issued a request for information (RFI)— DE-FOA-0000981 —on research & development aimed at greenhouse gas emissions reductions and cost competitiveness of Mil-Spec jet fuel production using coal-to-liquid (CTL) fuel technologies. Aviation Climate Change Coal-to-Liquids (CTL) Emissions Fuels

2013 65

SRI developing process for co-gasification of methane and coal to produce liquid transportation fuels; negligible water consumption, no CO2

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Researchers from SRI International (SRI) are developing a methane-and-coal-to-liquids process that consumes negligible amounts of water and does not generate carbon dioxide. The DARPA solicitation set goals for a coal-to-liquids process for JP-8 of: Process scalable to 100,000 bbl/day.

Coal 85

It’s Time To Go To The Mattresses

Creative Greenius

The Killer Coal Family is waging war against the rest of our families - and those gangsters will not stop until we take them down. At our meeting we all agreed that it’s time to go to the mattresses and declare war against coal until we kill them and put them out of business.

2009 136

EIA: Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the US Down 2.2% in 2007; Transportation Sector Emissions Down 4.7%

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below the 2007 total, according to the just-released report by the US Energy Information Administration, Emissions of Greenhouse Gases in the United States 2008. million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO 2 e) in 2007 to 7,052.6 Most of the increase came from coal mining and from natural gas production and processing. Although coal produces more CO 2 per unit of energy, petroleum consumption—in terms of British thermal units (Btu)—made up 44.6%

2007 60

Wyoming Clean Coal Task Force wards $8.8M to 9 projects for 2011, including coal-to-liquids

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In its latest round of funding, reviewed last month by the state’s Joint Minerals, Business and Economic Development Interim Committee, the Wyoming Clean Coal Task Force (CCTF) endorsed nine projects covering research in the fields of carbon capture and sequestration, gasification technology, post-combustion methods, gas clean-up and coal-to-liquids conversion.

2011 60

Open Letter by Netherlands Scientists on IPCC and Errors in 2007 Climate Change Report

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The increase in greenhouse gas concentrations is mainly caused by the way in which coal, oil and natural gas are being used and by deforestation. The most recent was published in 2007. The 2007 report has been authored by about 44 writing teams with a total of 450 lead authors.

2007 60

EPA: US greenhouse gases up 2% in 2013; increased coal consumption, cool winter

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The increase from 2012 to 2013 was due to an increase in the carbon intensity of fuels consumed to generate electricity due to an increase in coal consumption, with decreased natural gas consumption, according to the report. US GHG emissions by sector, 1990-2013. Source: EPA. Click to enlarge.

2015 78

Alaska Native Corporation Proposes Underground Coal Gasification Project with Carbon Capture for Power Generation

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Underground coal gasification uses paired wells in a coal seam: one an oxidant injection well, the other the syngas producer well. CIRI), an Alaska Native corporation, is proposing an underground coal gasification (UCG) project that would use the resulting syngas to fuel a new 100 MW combined cycle power plant. The UCG process utilizes two wells drilled in to a coal seam. Heat and pressure gasify the coal, and the second well produces to the surface.

Shenhua Completes Worlds Largest Coal-to-Olefins Project

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The Shenhua Baotou Coal-to-Olefins Project was completed in Baotou, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on 31 May. Mt/a methanol and 600,000 t/a of polethyelene and polypropylene—is to be operational this year and is the world’s largest coal-to-olefins project. SHenhua’s Coal-to-Olefins process. Coal is gasified into syngas, which is converted to methanol. This is China’s pilot industrialized coal-to-olefins project. People’s Daily.

EIA: US energy-related CO2 emissions in 2012 lowest since 1994; reflects drop in coal use

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With the exception of 2010, emissions have declined every year since 2007. The largest drop in emissions in 2012 came from coal, which is used almost exclusively for electricity generation. During 2012, particularly in the spring and early summer, low natural gas prices led to competition between natural gas- and coal-fired electric power generators. The regulations would make 65% of coal plants nationwide as expensive as natural gas, even if gas prices rise significantly.

2013 60

Wison Engineering signs new engineering contract for Erdos Jinchengtai coal-to-methanol project; commercializing methanol-to-olefins

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an indirect non-wholly owned subsidiary of the Group, has been awarded a contract for the engineering of Erdos Jinchengtai coal-to-methanol Project (Phase II) for Erdos Jinchengtai Chemical Co., for the second time at the Jinchengtai coal-methanol project, marking a milestone for Erdos Jinchengtai Chemical Co., to achieve its strategic transformation into a coal-to-chemical business. Wison Engineering Services Co.

2013 60

Welcome To The Age of Stupid

Creative Greenius

Oscar-nominated Pete Postlethwaite (In The Name of the Father, Brassed Off) stars as a man living alone in the devasted world of 2055, looking back at archive footage from 2007 and asking: why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?

2009 130

DOE Regional Partnership Initiates CO2 Injection in Lignite Coal Seam

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A US Department of Energy/National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) team of regional partners has begun injecting CO 2 into a deep lignite coal seam in Burke County, North Dakota, to demonstrate the economic and environmental viability of geologic CO 2 storage in the US Great Plains region. a five-spot well configuration was drilled in the summer of 2007 consisting of a center injection well surrounded by four monitoring wells.

Alberta to Host Underground Coal Gasification Demo; Update on Linc Chinchilla UCG In Australia

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million) toward a $30-million underground coal gasification (UCG) project with Swan Hills Synfuels of Calgary. The deep formations could also store carbon dioxide after the coal is turned into gas. Simplified UCG process. Click to enlarge.

2009 78

Frankly, I’d Rather Be Getting Arrested with Bill McKibben Today

Creative Greenius

I just got the email below from author/activist/environmentalist, Bill McKibben of 350.org He’s in Washington DC with thousands, protesting the coal-fired Capitol Power plant–a dirty symbol of our dirty energy history. Subject : Stand with me to take down dirty coal.

National Research Council Report on Americas Energy Future Highlights Vehicle Efficiency Technologies, Conversion of Biomass and Coal-to-Liquids Fuels, and Electrifying the Light Duty Fleet with PHEVs, BEVs and FCVs

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Estimates of potential for gasoline consumption reduction in the US light duty fleet in 2020 and 2035 relative to 2007. For the transportation sector, these key technologies include a focus on improving vehicle efficiency; developing technologies for the conversion of biomass and coal-to-liquid fuels; and electrifying the light-duty vehicle fleet through expanded deployment of plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs).

2009 60

Report finds Coal-to-Liquids and Oil Shale pose significant financial and environmental risks to investors

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Ceres recently released a new report concluding that coal-to-liquid (CTL) and oil shale technologies face significant environmental and financial obstacles—from water constraints, to technological uncertainties to regulatory and market risks—that pose substantial financial risks for investors involved in such projects. Investor risks from Development of Oil Shale and Coal-to-Liquids.

2010 60

The Cat Is Still On The Roof – And The Roof! The Roof! The Roof Is On Fire!

Creative Greenius

They deliberately suppressed and illegally covered up the EPA’s 2007 ENDANGERMENT FINDING that said the government should begin regulating greenhouse gas emissions because global warming posed serious risks to the country.

2009 134

DOE Selects Reaction Design to Develop Gasification and Reaction Kinetics Software for Advanced Coal Initiative

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The US Department of Energy (DOE) has granted Reaction Design one of seven awards for a project intended to support the full-scale implementation and operation of highly efficient coal-based power generation technologies with near-zero emissions. Coal combustion is widely used by the electric power industry, so it is critical for us to investigate how to optimize the gasification process to allow more environmentally responsible use of fossil-based fuels.

2009 60

MIT Report Finds Natural Gas Has Significant Potential to Displace Coal, Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Role in Transportation More Limited

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Natural gas will play a leading role in reducing greenhouse-gas emissions over the next several decades, largely by replacing older, inefficient coal plants with highly efficient combined-cycle gas generation, according to a major new interim report out from MIT. The first two reports dealt with nuclear power (2003) and coal (2007). Pursue displacement of inefficient coal generation with natural gas combined cycle generation.

2010 60

The Solangelist’s Vision Shines Brighter

Creative Greenius

And just like Woody, I’d like to sing you a song about a better way… My friends, with greenhouse gas emissions already in the danger zone, we needed to stop burning Killer Coal yesterday. If I was in the actual city of Los Angeles, a lot more of my electricity would be made from Killer Coal and a lot less from clean, renewables. 2007 USA electric energy fuel mix. The Greenius Plan To Spread Rooftop Solar Faster Then The Common Cold.

2009 101

EPA proposes CO2 emission standards for new fossil fuel-fired power plants

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The proposed rulemaking establishes separate standards for natural gas and coal plants. coal units) are based on the performance of a new efficient coal unit implementing partial carbon capture and storage (CCS). EPA in 2007, the Supreme Court determined that greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, are air pollutants under the Clean Air Act and EPA must determine if they threaten public health and welfare.

2013 69

Obama Announces Steps to Boost Biofuels, Clean Coal; RFS2, BCAP, BIWG and Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force

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In addition, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum creating an Interagency Task Force on Carbon Capture and Storage to develop a comprehensive and coordinated federal strategy to speed the development and deployment of advanced lower-emission coal technologies. It’s been said that the United States is the Saudi Arabia of coal—and that’s because, as I said, it’s one of our most abundant energy resources.

2010 60

The Future Ain’t What It Used To Be

Creative Greenius

The oceans are warming about 50% faster than the IPCC reported in 2007. China uses more coal than the U.S., EU, and Japan combined, but it now has a policy to close an old coal plant for each new cleaner burning plant that turns coal into a gas before burning it.

2009 134

EIA: US energy-related CO2 emissions down 1.7% in 2016; carbon intensity of economy down 3.1%; transportation emissions up

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Among the findings of the EIA analysis: CO 2 emissions form natural gas surpassed those from coal in 2016. The natural gas share of electricity generation has grown as the coal share declined, partially offsetting the decline in energy-related CO 2 emissions from coal. These emissions were highest in 2007, prior to the recession, and have not returned to those levels, despite increasing every year since 2012.

2017 60

E85 By The Numbers: One Station In 50 For One Car In 20

Green Car Reports

Back in 2007, ethanol was viewed as a way to cut gasoline consumption and U.S. Coal Industry For $50 Billion dependence on foreign oil. It was then seen as such a panacea that Congress enacted volume requirements for the amount of ethanol in U.S. gasoline stretching all the way to 2025. But times change. ALSO SEE: Proposal: Buy Out, Shut Down U.S.

EIA: US energy-related CO2 dropped 2.7% in 2015; of end-use sectors, only transportation increased

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Specific circumstances, such as the very warm fourth quarter of 2015 and relatively low natural gas prices, put downward pressure on emissions as natural gas was substituted for coal in electricity generation.

2017 90

Success!!! The Ban on EV Conversions in Ontario, Canada is Over!!!

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty - reported June 19, 2007. Will the McGuinty government's 'green car' talk end up on the trash heap like their commitment to close all coal-fired generation in the province by 2007? Thank you From. link]. 2010.06.08. Ontario's Ban on Electric Cars. Success!!! The Ban on EV Conversions is Over!!!

2010 100

BREAKING NEWS: Exxon/Mobil Ordered Out of Torrance, Guilty of Greenhouse Gas Pollution

Creative Greenius

It’s the 2nd biggest product Exxon/Mobil and their pals in the oil, coal and gas industries pump out. The Global Warming Deniers Movement was created to use FUD to stop people from doing things that would cause them to burn less oil, coal and gas.

2009 163

The Most Powerful Greenius In America

Creative Greenius

Indeed I am talking about Big Dick Cheney, who in addition to his many other immoral and criminal acts also shamelessly promoted the excessive use of oil, coal, gasoline and other fossil fuels by encouraging Americans to use all the energy they could afford to put on their credit cards.

Electric Cars and a Smarter Grid - Green Inc. Blog - NYTimes.com

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

The vision is fuelled by the fear of climate change and the need to find green alternatives to dirty coal, unpopular nuclear power and unreliable gas imports from Russia. Are we going to burn more oil, natural gas, or (gasp) coal to produce it?

2009 53

NYC Goes EV

Revenge of the Electric Car

In 2007, the administration announced a plan to replace the city’s 13,000 taxis with conventional hybrid cars by 2012. If the power plants are going to be fueled by coal we’re going to be worse off than if we fuel them by gas,&# said Zupan. This Tesla is one of a number of electric cars coming on the market. Will Electric Cars Give New York a Charge? by Lars Vercelli for the Gotham Gazette.

New phase of globalization could undermine efforts to reduce CO2 emissions

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Yet the period since 2009 has also witnessed decreases in Chinese coal consumption that underpin a levelling off of global CO 2 emissions, as well as the forging of the Paris Agreement whereby nations are determining their contributions to the global effort to reduce COCO 2 2 emissions. The success of international climate mitigation efforts may therefore depend on curtailing growth of coal-based energy and emissions in now-industrialising and urbanising countries.

2018 65

5th licensing win in China for Honeywell UOP’s Advanced Methanol-to-Olefins technology

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Honeywell UOP’s MTO technology provides a cost-effective way to convert methanol derived from coal or natural gas, rather than crude oil, into the components to make plastics, synthetics and other materials.

2015 85

Plug-In Hybrids (or Plugin Hybrids)

Tony Karrer Delicious EVdriven

Plug-In Hybrids Are Cleaner (Even on a Coal Grid) [ to top ] This entire section is finally obsolete -- because we now have a definitive study by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council.