GUEST COMMENTARY: Don't phase out coal plants prematurely.
There is growing alarm over the loss of America’s baseload sources of electricity. Coal and nuclear power plants are being pushed off the grid by a three-headed monster of heavily subsidized renewable energy, the legacy effects of overzealous regulation and a glut of natural gas. Learn more here
Coal Still Proving Necessary, Even in a High-Tech Age.
These are exciting times for energy production in the United States.
Almost every week, we hear about new developments in renewable energy, electric vehicles and natural gas production. Much will hinge, though, on the storage capacity needed for wind and solar installations. And there’s also a question mark hanging over the availability of cobalt for new lithium-ion batteries. Amidst such high-tech talk, however, there’s still a certain old-school reality to consider: Can America’s power grid continue to meet the ongoing needs of its consumers? And how will coal fit into the nation’s future energy mix?
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Making steel without coal
Can the world produce steel without using coal? The short answer to this question is no, not at scale, at the present time. Learn more here