A personal plea and call for support to repeal CO2 Endangerment
by
Fred Palmer, Senior Fellow CO2 Policy

For coal to have a future in the United States the CO2 Endangerment Finding by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must be repealed. Eliminating CO2 emissions from coal use by eliminating coal has been U.S. policy since 2008, encouraging massive over-borrowing for shale gas development, tax credits for renewables and onerous regulatory limits on continued coal power plant operation.

Since the CO2 Endangerment Finding was proposed and adopted, coal for electricity generation has decreased from a peak of 1 billion tons in 2008 to 550 million tons this year. Myriad State leaders, the National Democratic Party and Bloomberg's Beyond Carbon Campaign, relying on EPA CO2 Endangerment, would effectively zero out all coal use by 2030. Even without these continued efforts, Moody's projects the 2030 coal electricity market share at only 11% of total US generation, or some 250 million tons per year. There is no doubt these coal plant closures estimated by Moody's is due to eliminating CO2 emissions with the plant owners uniformly expressing desired "decarbonization."

In May of 2019 the National Coal Council released a promising report for DOE Secretary Perry titled Coal In A New Carbon Age. The report detailed the potential for coal conversion to synthetic oil, chemicals and materials, like carbon fiber. The report also identified promising technologies to achieve massive new markets for coal, with a conceivable result of these new uses raising production in excess of 1 billion tons per year within two decades. Even now in Texas, West Virginia and Indiana, coal to liquid activity is underway as coal expands its footprint in new projects. However the anti-CO2 agenda will ourtlaw coal conversion as well, given the carbon content of coal and the CO2 emissions associated with most conversion technologies.

Craig Idso and I care deeply about coal production and use, and understand the overwhelming positives of coal mining as such along with the CO2 emissions from coal combustion. The benefits for people, the Human Environment (which includes the natural environment and humanity) are legion and those benefits are at risk from formidable opponents of coal and fossil fuel combustion due to CO2 emissions. Craig and I are unique as we are willing and able to undertake an activist, educational effort countering the pernicious anti-CO2 agenda. In this effort, a full and complete repeal of EPA's CO2 Endangerment Finding for all time is a primary goal.

Conventional wisdom says the anti-CO2 scientific argument cannot be turned back given media hostility and the resources on the other side used to vilify anyone with the temerity to say otherwise. We say nonsense to that! One cannot win if one will not engage.

Craig and I are willing to engage. We are willing to engage because we know our approach of social development through coal energy will resonate with people everywhere once the true merits of CO2 are understood, and the political/scientific fraud of catastrophic global warming from CO2 emissions is explained.

Our coal advocacy embraces an observation based scientific and human development oriented message for all people and all seasons. We strongly believe that the tide can be turned and that we can bring society back to embracing the fulsome use of coal and all fossil fuels to allow more people to live longer and live better. Even as we improve the natural environment.

Please fund us now to support the EPA effort, drafting to begin right now. Once on file in early December we can proceed to spread the message of hope and social development through coal energy, turning back the anti-people, anti-Modernity effort to zero-out coal. With CoalZoom, we will be a permanent, positive force in Saving Coal, allowing increased production to meet societal needs at the same time. Donations can be made here. To view our complete proposal for this effort, click here.

Fred Palmer
Senior Fellow CO2 Policy
Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change