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Net Zero dead in the water as G7 may delay coal phase out – & India plans new coal boom

Net Zero Samizdat

14 April 2023

1) Net Zero dead in the water as G7 may delay coal phase out 

Bloomberg, 11 April 2023

2) India plans new coal boom to meet soaring demand
Bloomberg, 14 April 2023

3) Most Americans unwilling to spend $1 a month to cut CO2 emissions
Daily Mail, 12 April 2023

4) Cars soon unaffordable for 50% of Germans, expert warns
No Tricks Zone, 12 April 2023

5) Peak EV: Electric vehicles will fade as their true costs become clear
Mises Institute, 12 April 2023

6) Ruy Teixeira: The working class isn’t down with the green transition
The Liberal Patriot, 13 April 2023

7) Diving seabird numbers plunge 90pc near offshore wind farms
The Daily Telegraph, 13 April 2023

8) As Germany shuts down last three nuclear reactors, Holland plans two new ones next door
NL Times, 13 April 2023
9) Low heat pump uptake ‘an embarrassment’
The Times, 14 April 2023

10) Gordon Hughes: Heat pumps epitomise the economic folly of Net Zero
The Daily Telegraph, 13 April 2023

11) And finally: BBC admit to using fake image – but don’t apologise
Paul Homewood, Not A Lot of People Know That, 14 April 2023

1) Net Zero dead in the water as G7 may delay coal phase out 
Bloomberg, 11 April 2023

US, Japan, and the EU have reservations about a proposal by the UK to set a firm 2030 deadline to end unabated coal-fired power generation 

Group of Seven nations are butting heads over the timeline for phasing out coal-fired power ahead of next weekend’s summit of top energy and environmental ministers.
Draft communique documents circulated before negotiations resume Tuesday show the European Union, the U.S. and Japan expressed reservations about a U.K. proposal to set a 2030 deadline for phasing out unabated domestic coal power generation.

The language, which won France’s backing, also would have recognized the need to “cancel the pipeline of new global coal power generation projects,” and therefore have the G7 countries committing to end construction of new domestic coal-fired power plants and work with international partners to end similar efforts globally.

While Japan, the U.S. and EU indicated reservations, Germany offered alternative language that would have emphasized the goal of phasing out domestic unabated coal power generation “ideally by 2030” or “in the 2030s.” Japan, which hosts the G7 this year, has proposed reaffirming the commitment in last year’s G-7 leaders’ statement “to achieving a fully or predominantly decarbonized power sector by 2035.”
Representatives with the EU Commission and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry did not immediately respond to requests for comment lodged during a European holiday and outside normal working hours in Asia. The U.S. State Department did not comment.
The deliberations may reflect uneasiness about the technical ability of central and eastern European countries to meet a 2030 deadline and, in the U.S., about the political repercussions of the federal government embracing a firm end date for coal. But they risk showing G7 nations are less resolved to consign coal to history months ahead of a critical U.N. climate summit in Dubai where nearly 200 nations will be pressed to phase out the fossil fuel.

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2) India plans new coal boom to meet soaring demand
Bloomberg, 14 April 2023

State-run NTPC Ltd., India’s largest electricity producer, plans to start building more coal plants this year as the country continues to lean on the fuel to meet its growing energy needs.

New Delhi-based NTPC will likely award construction orders for about 4.5 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity during the fiscal year that began this month, according to an official aware of the plans, who asked not be named before a final decision is made. The projects will be built across three sites where the utility already runs power plants.

The projects underscore how even as India sets ambitious long-term decarbonization targets, in the near term it will continue to rely on the dirtiest fossil fuel to meet rapidly growing power demand. A warming planet and increased penetration of air conditioners are causing power consumption to climb to new records in the country.

NTPC, which last year began building coal plants again after a years-long hiatus, expects to place orders for construction of 1.6 gigawatts of coal power plants each at Lara and Singrauli, as well a 1.32 gigawatts at Meja in Uttar Pradesh during the current fiscal year, the official said.

The company, India’s largest coal user, aims to boost output from its own mines to 34 million tons this fiscal year, a 48% increase from the previous year, according to the official.

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see also: India’s coal demand to double by 2040