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☠️ Is coal dead as an energy source?
says Tiffanee on Mar 29th 17 (#807290)

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I don't think so.
says Sukiesnow on Mar 29th 17 (#2532980)
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I think it depends on which country you ask. My country seems to be turning away from it even with our large coal resources. Not sure about other countries though. If you were to ask, should we continue using it because it's there, I would find that a lot harder to answer.
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2532991)
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Why coal if you can sun in Australia.. :)
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533022)
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That's the idea, renewable energy is to replace all coal fired power stations. The only problem is at the moment they are closing the old coal fired plants but not replacing them with renewable.
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2533029)
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Surely they have a plan to replace the generation of the plants they are closing or you will be in the dark for a few years. :) I am sure there is a plan behind it all.
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533031)
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It seems that each government leaves it to the next one. So recently they decided to close a huge power station that's 50 years old but nobody has built solar to replace it and now everyone is panicking at the impending blackouts that are going to occur in a few months time. So the government has fast tracked a natural gas powered plant which should be ready in about a year. It seems like a good idea under the circumstances but I'm disappointed that none of our state governments seem to have a long term plan for this. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017...prices/8393932
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2533033)
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Well lets hope it works out, I personally know there are a lot of huge renewable energy projects happening in Australia, beautiful hybrid ones, combining solar and wind with storage.
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533036)
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That's great to hear, I hope they develop into something that helps. One project I did read about was a large battery bank that was going to store solar/wind generated energy and could power the state during peak periods. I really hope that is developed as it sounds like it would solve a lot of problems. Apparently the price was relatively cheap too :)
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2533037)
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With the advancement of storage technology, renewable energy can be a lot more effective and cheaper. That is what some people do not understand about renewable, they keep getting better and better as technology advances compared to fossil fuel that keep getting worse. (Pollution and availability)
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533039)
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Yes I agree, the sooner we remove our reliance on fossil fuels the better. My dream has always been to build my own home that is energy self-sufficient.
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2533040)
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Same here, I would love to design a ego friendly home, preferably one that generates most of not all of it's own electricity and perhaps contribute to the grid. I think the mini grids schemes are the way of the future, where everyone generates and puts excess back into the grid.
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533041)
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Imagine all countries in the world becoming self sufficient. No one buys gas or oil anymore and no one digs up coal. What a very different world this would be.
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533042)
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It'd be amazing! but I can think of a few oil companies and very rich people that wouldn't be too happy about it... but they've had their time... now it's ours...soon i hope :)
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2533043)
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yes, including the nuclear industry. They will have to get their grubby hands on renewable energy, perhaps patent the sun and making catching sunrays illegal.
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533044)
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(hehe) don't put it past them, I'm sure they'll try it if they can. I'd love to see the day when regular people are no longer dependent on oil
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2533045)
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Can you imagine 'we' do not have to invade countries to protect 'our' oil anymore, lol Can you imagine the oil countries starting to have to look after themselves rather than rely on getting rich from oil and buying those gold plated vehicles......
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533046)
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Yes exactly!! and imagine all the money we send overseas for oil, could hopefully stay in our own countries.
says OzSurfer on Mar 29th 17 (#2533048)
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It should be. There are far better ways to generate electricity if you have a long term goal and if you plan far into the future.
says voxlug on Mar 29th 17 (#2533021)
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No. We intend to sell massive amounts overseas - the current administration and its supporters are so convinced global warming is a scam that they will purposely increase global air pollution just to line their pockets with cash.
says VicZinc on Mar 29th 17 (#2533066)
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In this country we still use it to generate much of our electricity.. http://sites.utexas.edu/mecc/fi...Generation.png
says PhilboydStudge on Mar 29th 17 (#2533074)
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Not completely but on the decline. Cleaner energy sources are taking over, natural gas, solar, wind.
says Nowlost on Mar 29th 17 (#2533079)
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Trumps promise to put all the miners back to work is a promise that he cannot fulfill.
says Nowlost on Mar 29th 17 (#2533081)
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I'm not sure.
says StarzAbove on Mar 29th 17 (#2533127)
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Coal will die a very slow death. There is too much capacity to replace quickly with wind and gas. Solar doesn't have a chance without much better technology to make it affordable, and they are trying to shut down the nuke plants. Politicians can say what they want about cleaning up the environment, but the American people are not going to accept power outages and rolling brown outs to do it.
says Will_Janitor on Mar 29th 17 (#2533154)
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says Will_Janitor on Mar 29th 17 (#2533164)
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No, but it has some competition. Finally...
says ForkNdaRoad on Mar 29th 17 (#2533208)
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Not really.
says Zippy on Apr 21st 17 (#2550560)
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Yes, we can only hope.
says Trish on Apr 21st 17 (#2550575)
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Well, if all those trees started growing leaves again I should think everyone would be pretty surprised. So yes, Dead it is.
says AliceD on Apr 21st 17 (#2550707)
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In the USA?---probably.
says tomjackson on Apr 21st 17 (#2551209)
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