The reality of the US coal power industry

Did you know that a typical coal power plant in the United States will emit 3.7 million tons of carbon dioxide, 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide and 10,200 tons of nitrogen oxide this year?

I came across a great “top ten” list assembled by the Union of Concerned Scientists that paints a very clear picture of the major pollutants still being emitted by the US coal power generation industry.

I’ve made it into a static reference page on DeSmogBlog, you can click here to go the page: Facts on the Pollution caused by the US Coal Industry.

You can also download a PDF version of the fact sheet here: Facts on the Pollution caused by the US Coal Industry (PDF Version)

Damning the Danes: Canada Not the Only Backslider in Poznan

Canada climate-change record is so frequently criticized at the UN climate conference in Poznan, Poland, that its tempting to think everyone else is doing the right thing in enacting good climate policy. But one “good example” frequently cited - Denmark - has, since 2001, taken a villainous turn on the climate file.

Denmark is famous for its windmills, and especially for its mid-80s policy promoting the use of alternative energy sources for the generation of electricity. Thanks to that policy, Denmark now generates nearly 20 per cent of its electricity from wind and the Danish wind industry, which employs 20,000 people, dominates the international market.

Poznan: Canada's GHG Performance Nearing Bottom

The following was released today in Poznan, Poland:

A new international assessment of countries’ performance in fighting climate change has placed Canada second last (56th of 57) among the world’s biggest emitters of greenhouse gases. In the 2007 edition, Canada placed 53rd of the 56 countries assessed.
 
“Canada’s climate performance could hardly be worse, and we’re still moving in the wrong direction,” said Matthew Bramley, Director of the Pembina Institute’s climate change program, who contributed a Canadian policy assessment to the study. “The federal government needs to dramatically and urgently strengthen its policies to fight global warming.”

Poznan: UN Accredits DeSmog Reporter - First Blog in History

After two days of deliberations, the United Nations officials at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Poznan, Poland, agreed to give media accreditation to the DeSmogBlog, the first time in history that the UN has accredited a blog, according to UNFCCC Public Information and Media Assistant Carrie Assheuer.

“It was quite the ordeal,” said DeSmogBlog Editor Richard Littlemore. “The UN system is set up to accommodate mainstream media and it’s not an institution that’s designed to be flexible or innovative.”

But after Littlemore showered the UNFCCC press office with examples of DSB citations in everything from the Globe and Mail to the New York Times, Assheuer, a Canadian who was already familiar with the DeSmogBlog, finally acknowledged the blog’s function as an online media outlet within the UN’s now-more-flexible definition.

Poznan: Canadian Negotiating Position "Profoundly Hypocritical"

Canada’s lead negotiator at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Michael Martin, has declared - unequivocally - that Canada is not blocking progress at the talks this week. But in a morning briefing to the Canadian arm of the International Climate Action Network today Martin made it just as clear that Canada has no inrtention of being part of that progress.

It would appear from his recently reported comments that Martin has been suffering a fair amount of criticism for Canada’s stance at the climate conference in Poznan. Specifically, Canada was assumed to be blocking agreement on a reasonable greenhouse (GHG) gas reduction target for so-called “Annex 1” countries, the wealthiest signatories to the Kyoto Protocol.

On the contrary, Martin said this morning. Canada is fully supportive of the reduction currently being discussed. However, “it’s not Canada’s view that we can do a number within that range.”

Welcome to diplomatic doublespeak 101.

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