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AEP Choice Proof Of War on Coal

January 9, 2013

President Barack Obama’s defenders have insisted there is no war on coal. Employment in the coal industry has remained fairly steady, they maintai....

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WVUGEO

Jan-09-13 6:48 AM

The editor of this rag - - the same one, remember, who just a few years ago couldn't find much to write about BUT the future economic glories of shale gas - - fails to give you the facts you need to address your elected representatives on these issues. And, yes, they should be addressed by elected reps; this is an issue of national security. Check the cost of electricity in Europe, where, some decades ago, with "low cost" gas available from the North Sea, they started switching from Coal to Gas wholesale. Now it's an extravagance in many countries there to keep more than one or two 40-watt bulbs lit in the house at night; and, much hope is being placed on a new gas pipeline from Russia. The CO2 issue is specious. Saudi Arabia is developing technologies to collect CO2, convert it into hydrocarbon fuels, and sell it back to us. "US Patent Application 20100105962 - Catalytic Hydrogenation of CO2 into Syngas Mixture; Saudi Basic Industries Corporation, Riyadh" is just

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wvhoopie

Jan-09-13 9:22 AM

LOL! More slanted truth from this news rag. Gas is cheaper than coal and will replace coal everywhere it is being used. That's Obama's fault! LOL!

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GETACLUE

Jan-09-13 9:37 AM

Local generating plants that are closing have been scheduled to close for a decade, long before Obama or the EPA was even a thought. There is a war on coal and it is being conducted by CHEAP EFFICIENT NATURAL GAS.

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GETACLUE

Jan-09-13 9:52 AM

AEP Cutting Local Jobs Utility cites switch from coal to natural gas for reductions January 8, 2013 By CASEY JUNKINS Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Citing Ohio's deregulated electricity market and an increasing shift toward natural gas-fired power plants, American Electric Power is eliminating jobs in the Upper Ohio Valley.

"AEP is a regulated electric utility, with the vast majority of our operations and earnings tied to rate-regulated electric utilities," said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP president and chief executive officer. "But Ohio's move to enhance electric market deregulation will shift much of AEP's Ohio generation into a separate competitive business."

"We are redefining our organization to better address the business challenges we face today and potential opportunities in the future," he added.

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impact

Jan-09-13 10:33 AM

The editor displays the most convoluted logic imaginable here. Again, he must not read his own paper. Yesterday, the AEP official quoted here made no mention of the imaginary war on coal. It obviates your silly fantasy rather supporting it

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idliketoknow

Jan-09-13 1:19 PM

You are either incredibly nearsighted or astoundingly stupid if you think the current gas surplus and prices will remain constant. Once the wells are completed in the VERY near future, gas production will decline exponentially while prices will, how did Obama say it? Necessarily skyrocket. Do you actually think gas production remains constant through a wells lifetime? The majority of wells drilled are duds. The ones that do produce for a few years have to be stimulated (fracked) repeatedly and we already know how the environmentalists feel about that.

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WaterBuffaloRider

Jan-09-13 4:01 PM

The editor does not care about expectant moms and others in AEP's drift.

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Gooseman

Jan-09-13 7:50 PM

Energy Matters reports 1.3 Million Solar Power Systems In Germany, in a record setting year. German solar photovoltaic collectors generated 28 billion kilowatts, in 2012, supplying 5% of Germany's total demand for electricity.

Shame, American politics keeps moving America backwards.

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daWraith

Jan-09-13 9:45 PM

9/12/2012

Coal company Alpha Natural Resources announced Tuesday it would be laying off 1,200 workers and closing eight coal mines to face two new challenges: cheap natural gas and “A REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT THAT’S AGGRESSIVELY AIMED AT CONSTRAINING THE USE OF COAL.”

The Associated Press reports that the company is cutting production by 16 million tons and 1,200 jobs nationwide, with 400 layoffs occurring immediately by closing coal mines in Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Four mines will be closed in West Virginia, another three will be closed in Virginia and one in Pennsylvania. All the mines are non-union operations, according to the AP.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-10-13 10:36 AM

Goosy, where’s your solar power system? Buy one, install it, and let us know how much money you saved. Or is this another of your progressive “raise taxes on the rich to buy free sh*t for me” scams?

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sounder

Jan-10-13 11:54 AM

The only war on coal is the one the editors of the Intelligencer-News Register need to keep alight. What other topic, other than a series on building up your own in home gun manufacturing, would keep readers and a subscription base from further declines. There is only so much coal left in the Ohio Valley region to mine, mine that is without significant environmental degradation. Anyone who thinks that Europe is hunkering down with a 40 Watt lightbulb keeping the manor house going has either not traveled to Europe nor has little contact with reality. If anyone is going to pay the increased cost of electricity it will be the U.S. for not investing with an upgrade to transmision lines and how that electricty arrives to consumers.

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Thebudman

Jan-10-13 12:52 PM

But if the future of coal is looking dim in the U.S. with cheap natural gas and a Democrat in the White House, it’s as bright as a steel furnace in much of the rest of the world. In 2010 the global coal trade rose by 13.4%, reaching 1.08 billion metric tons. In a new report, the World Resources Institute (WRI) estimates that nearly 1,200 new coal plants are at least in the planning stages worldwide. Though the projects are spread across the globe, more than three-quarters of the new plants are set to be built in India and China. If every one of those plants were to be built and activated, it would add 1.4 million MW of coal-fired electricity capacity to the global grid.

Read more: *******science.time****/2012/11/21/the-war-on-coal-is-being-won-in-the-u-s-but-the-real-battle-is-overseas/#ixzz2Hb1qpxHq

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TrollSlayer

Jan-10-13 1:39 PM

The American coal industry is still "holding steady" only thanks to increasing foreign demand. And foreign countries are burning our coal as fast as we can ship it. The only economic powerhouse currently slitting its own economic throat by a “progressive” political strategy to demonize the cheapest source of electrical power available is the USA. So when you see those closed steel mills and those higher electricity bills, remember libbies, you built that.

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FreeWheeling

Jan-10-13 7:13 PM

Here are the facts to temper your fiction. Coal is dirty, causes greenhouses gases, and cost twice as much as natural gas to produce the same BTUs. If Obama is at war with the coal industry, he is fighting the good fight.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-10-13 10:56 PM

And here’s a little reality to ground your flight of fancy. EVERYTHING is dirty, even gas. The atmosphere is SATURATED with greenhouse gases, and natural gas is a powerful one. The low price of natural gas is recent and temporary; when demand for natural gas inevitably rises and supply inevitably wanes, coal will become the cheaper fuel once again. And Obama’s war on coal is purely in self-interest. Al Jazeera Gore’s was, and when Obama grows satiated on enriching himself on the backs of hippies and idealists he’ll cash in and retire, too.

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FreeWheeling

Jan-11-13 6:35 PM

Dear Troll: In case you haven't heard, we lead the world in natural gas production. We have so much that it is being exported. All the data shows that burning coal is much more harmful to the atmosphere than natural gas or oil. I understand your dilema, save the earth or save the coal industry? You are not the first to turn your back on science in favor of regional economics. Good luck.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-11-13 9:32 PM

Dear Free: In case you didn’t check, 2011 US Energy Information Administration data w ww. eia.gov say Russia leads the world in natural gas production. We’re number two. Maybe we pulled ahead in 2012? Anyway, what does that have to do with Barry Brainless and his clearly stated plan to bankrupt coal?

And define “harmful to the atmosphere.” Are you still pushing that manmade global warming scam? I thought when even AGW scammer Al Gore sold out to Big Oil you disciples of that movement would finally figure it out. Save the Earth? Seriously? The greenies aren’t even printing that on bumper stickers anymore.

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FreeWheeling

Jan-12-13 12:08 AM

If the world's thirst for coal is as real as you state, mine it and export it. China has deep pockets. Are you waiting for blueprints? Health and safety concerns in India and China are at a point similar to where the US was 100 years ago. You sound like a Kentucky senator extolling the relaxing effect of a good cigarette.

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TrollSlayer

Jan-12-13 9:27 AM

We ARE mining it, and we ARE exporting it, more every year, like I said only five posts ago. China’s pockets are deep because you keep buying their junk. Exporting coal, something they buy from us for a change, reduces that trade imbalance and brings some of that money back to the American economy. You sound like a gas industry shill unwilling to wait for the free market to work.

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