Essay by Eric Worrall
h/t be.good – As international demand for coal skyrockets, a scarcity of coal miners is the most important obstacle the rising coal renaissance.
Coal Mines Struggle From Worker Shortage As Demand Soars Worldwide
WRITTEN BY JAKE KARALEXIS ON MAY 13, 2022. POSTED IN LATEST NEWS
In Benwood, West Virginia, cash is available in as coal goes out.
“They can’t mine it fast enough,” stated Benwood Economic Development Director Frank Longwell. “That’s how we pay our bills here in the community.” [bold, links added]
Longwell remembers when coal mines have been so standard that they have been turning away job candidates. You could make $100,000 a yr mining coal in Benwood.
But coal miners are going by means of a hiring shortage, which is hurting manufacturing.
“The main complaint that I hear on a daily basis: ‘We need people,’” Longwell stated. “Some of the production does get cut back because they don’t have the people.”
Read extra: https://climatechangedispatch.com/coal-mines-struggle-from-worker-shortage-as-demand-soars-worldwide/
According to Bloomberg, China is main the rebound in coal demand, in an effort to guard financial progress and protect their economic system from additional power shocks.
h/t Mike Maguire;
China Briefing, 17 March 2022: Beijing ‘doubling down on fossil fuels’; China’s CO2 emissions improve; Coal manufacturing progress
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Chinese leaders are “doubling down on fossil fuels” amid “growing” fears of worldwide power shortages and “rising” considerations of an financial droop, based on Bloomberg. The information got here after the Chinese authorities repeatedly underlined the significance of power safety at a sequence of key political conferences final week. 上微信关注《碳简报》
Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency (IEA) stated final week that China was the principle driving pressure behind a world CO2 emissions “rebound” previous pre-pandemic ranges. Separately, an power advisor to the Chinese authorities advised state TV that China’s CO2 emissions had grown by 350m tonnes final yr, greater than double the common annual improve in recent times.
Read extra: https://www.carbonbrief.org/china-briefing-17-march-2022-beijing-doubling-down-on-fossil-fuels-chinas-co2-emissions-increase-coal-production-growth/
As WUWT reported yesterday, India has additionally joined the coal manufacturing race, saying plans to improve coal manufacturing by 400 million tons within the subsequent two years, and double coal use by 2040. A 400 million ton coal manufacturing surge would improve international CO2 emissions by 1.5 billion tons per yr.
Obviously that is all a part of a giant carbon plot to suppress renewable power, proper? Those fools, don’t they realise renewables are the most affordable type of new construct electrical energy?
I imply absolutely it couldn’t be that greens have lied their butts off all alongside concerning the viability and value of renewables, and international locations like India and China have woken up that greens have been peddling trash all this time, each their local weather emergency claims and their ineffective inexperienced power “solutions”?
Do I would like a /sarc tag?
The unhappy a part of this story is plenty of the coal employees in West Virginia and elsewhere are mining is being shipped to Asia, to India and China. This is nice information for West Virginian coal miners, however what about everybody else?
Imagine what a lift the US economic system would expertise if US employees have been free to hitch the low price manufacturing occasion, if that low cost coal was being shipped to US producers.
Sadly the economically deranged insurance policies of our internet zero obsessed hypocrite politicians are choking off this chance.
Instead of competing toe to toe with the Asian manufacturing growth, US employees are more and more being frozen out and compelled to remain on the sidelines. Our hypocrite politicians are nonetheless facilitating using coal, the coal continues to be being burned, however the manufacturing growth being fueled by the burning of all that exported coal is usually making different folks wealthy.