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Increasing Risks of Fossil Fuel Energy Investment

Increasing Risks of Fossil Fuel Energy Investment | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

In the current political and economic environment, fossil fuel investments are looking much more risky than at any other time in history.

There are at least three good reasons why. First, as climate change worsens, policies are likely to be put in place to constrain emissions. We could see this begin domestically with strict enforcement of the Clean Air Act. Second, whether or not large-scale coal retirements happen, the capacity market isn’t particularly friendly to new fossil fuel generation. In fact, the U.S. has a surplus of generation and dramatically underutilizes existing capacity. And for the first time, fossil fuels have a host of increasingly competitive alternative investments that include efficiency, demand response, solar, and wind.

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Cheap Coal Is Dead. Long Live Renewables. (Part 1)

While coal is geologically more abundant than oil, cheap coal, close to population centers, is not. The biggest coal- producing region in the U.S. -- the Powder River Basin -- can get coal out of the ground for about $12 a ton. It costs roughly $60 a ton to ship it to power plants in the Ohio Valley. China’s vast reserves near Inner Mongolia can be mined for $25 a ton. But by the time it travels by rail across North China, then by sea to southern coastal cities, the cost rises to more than $125 a ton.

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Coal Consumption Marginalizing China's Renewable Energy Gains - 2point6billion

Coal Consumption Marginalizing China's Renewable Energy Gains - 2point6billion | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

China dramatically increased its renewable energy production capacity in 2011, tripling output in solar power alone, but environmentalists warn an unwavering reliance on coal to fulfill 70 percent of its energy needs is offsetting the benefits of this new clean development, according to The Guardian.

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DON'T WORRY, DRIVE ON: Fossil Fools & Fracking Lies

Hello, Vimeo - This video represents the talents of animators Alexander Perry & Michael Wilson along with audio genius Ben Roider.
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Resource Insights: Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables: The Key Argument ...

Resource Insights: Fossil Fuels vs. Renewables: The Key Argument ... | Sustainable Energy | Scoop.it

It turns out, however, that what most environmentalists know about the future supply of natural gas and other fossil fuels is based more on industry hype than on actual data. And, that means that they are missing a key argument in their discussions about renewable energy, one that could be used to persuade those less concerned about pollution and climate change and more concerned about energy security: There is increasing evidence that no fossil fuel will continue to see its rate of production climb significantly in the decades ahead and so none of them is a viable "bridge fuel," not natural gas, not oil, not coal. This means that global society must leap over fossil fuels and move directly to renewables as quickly as possible. In advanced economies this leap must be combined with a program of radical reductions in energy use, reductions which are achievable using known technologies and practices.

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