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Europeans switching back to coal

April 24, 2008

I want to thank Don McPhee, who is fighting wind farms in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, for directing me to this information.

I was aware, Germany – with the most wind turbines – was going to build 26 new coal plants, but now it looks like Europe as a whole is jumping back on the fossil fuel bandwagon. Why? It works.

What the environmentalists can’t seem to wrap their little – and I mean little – minds around are two simple facts.

1- Global warming is a complete fraud.

In searching for a new enemy to unite us, we came up
with the idea
(try and understand the meaning of those words)that pollution, the threat of global warming,
water shortages, famine and the like would fit the bill …
All these dangers are caused by human intervention
and it is only through changed attitudes and
behaviour that they can be overcome.
The real enemy, then, is humanity itself
Club of Rome,
The First Global Revolution,
consultants to the UN.

Global warming caused by C02 is a scam concocted by the UN. Read Agenda 21.

2- Wind energy is a complete fraud.

Reaction to the Scottish Government’s refusal to construct one of Europe’s largest onshore wind farms, 181 turbines on Lewis in the Western Isles (your report, 22 April), has exposed the myth of wind power.

In response to Scottish industry’s concerns that its lights may go out, Britain’s power industry had to admit it would not make one iota of difference as wind power is too unstable to be included in any calculations of how much power is needed to satisfy the country’s needs – whether or not the wind is blowing our power stations will still burn the same amount of fossil fuel. full article here


The inside of the dome of Enel’s coal plant in Civitavecchia, Italy.
(Marco Di Lauro for The New York Times)

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Europeans switching back to coal

CIVITAVECCHIA, Italy: At a time when the world’s top climate experts agree that carbon emissions must be rapidly reduced to hold down global warming, a leading Italian electricity producer, Enel, is converting its massive power plant here from oil to coal, the dirtiest fuel on earth.

Over the next five years, Italy will increase its reliance on coal to 33 percent from 14 percent. Power generated by Enel from coal will rise to 50 percent. And Italy is not alone in its return to coal.

Driven by rising demand, record high oil and natural gas prices, concerns over energy security and an aversion to nuclear energy, European countries are slated to build about 50 coal-fired plants over the next five years, plants that will be in use for the next five decades.

The fast-expanding developing economies of India and China, where coal remains a major fuel source for more than two billion people, have long been regarded as one of the biggest challenges to reducing carbon emissions.

But the return now to coal even in eco-conscious Europe is sowing real alarm among environmentalists who warn that it is setting the world on a disastrous trajectory that will make controlling global warming impossible.
Full article at Herald Tribune