Today: 21.Aug.2017

Uli Weber, Geophysiker und Publizist: Jede wissenschaftliche Theorie und jedes wissenschaftliche Theorem kann durch einen einzigen schlüssigen Gegenbeweis widerlegt werden. Und jetzt stellen Sie sich einmal vor, sie hätten einen ganz eklatanten Widerspruch in einer wichtigen physikalischen Berechnung entdeckt, der die Welt, so wie sie uns erklärt wird, nachhaltig verändern würde – oder besser ausgedrückt, Sie glauben entdeckt zu haben, dass es gar nicht notwendig wäre, unsere Welt durch eine Dekarbonisierung bis zum Jahre 2100 vor einer menschengemachten Klimakatastrophe zu retten.

Bryan Leyland, power systems design, mechanical engineer: We constantly hear that our present way of life is unsustainable because the world is running out of fossil fuels and other vital resources. People in developed countries are healthier and live longer than in the past. Abundant energy, engineering, technology and modern medicine have driven this transformation. We have progressed from eking out a living from subsistence agriculture to having plenty of time for recreation and relaxation and living better than a king 300 years ago. Nevertheless, billions of people are still living in poverty, and they and we need good governance and economic growth from using the best available technology to ensure that goods are supplied at the lowest cost and that energy is used efficiently and wisely.

Published in Energy Today

Sean Hackbarth, Senior Editor, Digital content, U.S. Chamber of Commerce: More than 2,300 coal fired power plants are planned or under construction worldwide. There is and will continue to be increasing world demand for electricity. A chart in this article shows from 1980 to 2012, world electricity production from coal increased by 192%. Forty percent of electricity is generated from coal. In India, with its middle class expected to grow to 200 million by 2020, Robert Bryce at the Manhattan Institute points out, “India’s coal use is expected to more than double by 2035."

Published in Energy Tomorrow

Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times: China’s energy companies will make up nearly half of the new coal generation expected to go online in the next decade. Chinese corporations are building or planning to build more than 700 new coal plants at home and around the world, some in countries that today burn little or no coal. Over all, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent. Of the world’s 20 biggest coal plant developers, 11 are Chinese.

Published in Energy Tomorrow
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