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The EU Is Banning Almost All Coal Mining on Jan 1

https://futurism.com/eu-banning-coal-mining

No More Handouts

Every unprofitable coal mine in the European Union must cease production by the first day of 2019, the date on which all public funds for the mines will come to an end. In Spain, that means that 26 coal mines are about to close up shop, according to Reuters.

This move away from coal is a refreshing bit of bluntness — letting the failed remnants of a fossil fuel industry fade away — compared to how the federal government in the U.S. is grasping at anything to keep coal alive. But it remains to be seen how much of an impact the coal closures will have in the ongoing effort to curb climate change.

Always A Bigger Fish

The deadline was set back in 2010 as the EU sought to move away from fossil fuel dependence, according to Telesur. The EU wanted to end public aid to coal mines sooner, but groups from Germany — which shuttered its last coal mineearlier this month — and Spain are responsible for extending the deadline all the way to the end of 2018.

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Might portend improved coal exportation from the USA.


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5 hours ago, TBoneTX said:

Might portend improved coal exportation from the USA.

From the Reuters article, it sounds like Spain is already importing the majority of the coal they use.


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1 hour ago, Bill & Katya said:

From the Reuters article, it sounds like Spain is already importing the majority of the coal they use.

They have also cut coal way back and it is on a trajectory toward 0 across Europe. Spain and German are behind.

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4 hours ago, refugee said:

They have also cut coal way back and it is on a trajectory toward 0 across Europe. Spain and German are behind.

This is what I found.  Seems as though carbon based fuels is still pretty high.

 

"In 2016, electricity generation by fuel in the EU was as follows (see Figure 2):

  • 29 % from renewables (compared with 14 % in 2005);
  • 26 % from nuclear energy (compared with 30 % in 2005);
  • 21 % from coal and lignite (compared with 29 % in 2005);
  • 20 % from natural and derived gas (compared with 21 % in 2005);
  • 2 % from oil (compared with 4 % with 2005); and
  • 2 % from other fuels (unchanged from 2005)."

https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/indicators/overview-of-the-electricity-production-2/assessment-4

 


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