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U.S. power plant explosion kills 50*

Posted by feww on February 8, 2010

Nature Defaults on Supplying Man-made Power, Again?

*Up to 50 feared dead  with ‘bodies everywhere’ as Connecticut power plant explodes

The explosion leaves another 250 workers injured, with at least four of them in critical condition.

An aerial view of the Kleen Energy Systems plant, where an explosion may have killed up to 50 people, injuring another 250 others. Photo: AP/Getty Images. Image may be subject to copyright.

The blast occurred at a gas-fired power station in Middletown, Connecticut. At least 5 people were confirmed dead, but a spokesman at Middletown’s Middlesex hospital, said: “The reports vary from a few, several, to possibly as many as 50 dead.

“They are in the process of search and rescue.”

The shock wave caused by the explosion at the plant, located on the Connecticut River, was felt about 50km (~30 miles) away, according to various reports quoting witnesses, and was initially thought to be an earthquake. One witness said he could see “bodies everywhere,” while others said more victims could be buried in rubble.

The new 620Mw gas-fired power plant in Middletown would have been one of the largest in Connecticut, due to go online on June 1. The college town of Middletown is about 50km (30 miles) south of Connecticut state capital, Hartford.

In Murphy’s law has no time vector! posted on November 12, 2009, Fire-Earth moderators said:

The US, EU countries, China, Japan and other energy dinosaurs WILL experience similar disruptions…

And the Moderators amended Murphy’s Law:

If more things can go wrong they will go wrong about now!

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Snowstorm Update: Enjoyed the snowball fight?

Posted by feww on February 8, 2010

Good! Another storm arriving by Tuesday

The new storm could bring another 31cm (12 in)  of snow to the mid-Atlantic region from Washington to New York, forecasters say.

Latest on the Snowstorm in Mid-Atlantic U.S.

Washington DC came to a virtual standstill after 61cm (2ft ) of snow, one of the heaviest snowfalls since 1922, fell on  nation’s capital.

Snowfall totals of 51cm (20 in) to 97cm  (38 inches) covered a vast area from West Virginia to southern New Jersey 24 hours of continuous precipitation.

Federal agencies will stay closed on Monday as a result of the blizzard.

  • Most of the schools in the region will also stay closed.

Major Power Cuts:

  • More 300,000 homes in Washington DC area experienced power cuts as the snow felled trees, and snapped power lines. Up to 1.5 million people were affected.
  • The blizzard disrupted transport all the from southern New Jersey to West Virginia.

Maryland: A record 92 cm (3ft) of snow blanketed Maryland.

  • More than 300,000 homes were left without electricity,  in Maryland and Virginia—the two worst affected states—affecting another 1.5 million people.
  • Blackouts in Pennsylvania and New Jersey hit anther 250,000, the New York Times reported, affecting as many as 1.3 million people.
  • Hundreds of flights were canceled, as rail and road transport came to a virtual standstill.

MUST Read: 10 Facts on Climate Change

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Oh, Australia!

Posted by feww on February 8, 2010

submitted by an Australian reader

Before reading this, you may be interested to browse 10 Facts on Climate Change

O Coal Divine! What hast thou Done? Are you out of your jaundiced mind?

“Australian coal and iron ore company Resourcehouse said over the weekend it had signed a record $60 billion coal supply deal with Chinese power stations, a move analysts said underscored Chinese companies’ growing demand for energy to fuel the country’s economic development.” China Daily reported.

In what’s Resourcehouse’s and Australia’s biggest export contract, the Australian company from hell will supply 600 million tons of coal over 20 years to China Power International Development Ltd, owned by China Power Investment Corp (CPI), Clive Palmer, its chairman was quoted as saying.

Previously Fire-Earth exposed The Australian Clean Energy Ruse

Great! But what’s Australia doing with its large reserves of coal? And how does that make it any cleaner on a global level if someone else burned the Australian coal instead?

Australia has 5% of global reserves of black coal (~ 40 Gigatons, Gt) and 24% of global reserves of brown coal (~37.5 Gt). With a total annual production of about 390 Mt, Australia is the world’s largest exporter with about 30% of world total coal export trade (250Mt) and nearly 5% of world consumption.

Coal also comprises Australia’s largest single export (~ $A23 billion), an industry with up to 150,000 employees, and is used to generate about 85% of Australia’s electricity.

With a population of about 21.5 million (0.3% of world population, ranking 51st globally), Australia accounts for 2.5% of the world’s energy production (world’s eighth largest producer), with coal being its main source of energy production (Coal 54%, Uranium 28%, Natural gas 10%, Oil 6% and Renewables less than 2%) . [Source: Australian Coal Association and others.]

Why the ruse?

The proposed solar-power plant network would serve to free more of the Australian coal, making it available for export. This makes perfect economic sense, especially as the price coal is expected to increase.

As for the GHG emissions from burning Australian coal, who gives a damn! No, really, since when did the Australians gave a Sydney shrimp about rest of the world, or health of the planet?

The  coal will be produced from a major new project in Australia’s Queensland,  Palmer was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Chinese power companies are gobbling up coal from other countries to fuel growth, said Han Xiaoping, chief information officer of energy portal, reported China daily

“With such a long-term contract, Chinese companies can have access to sustainable supply that is beneficial to their development,” Han said.

“China’s power consumption is expected to rise 7 percent this year, in line with the anticipated economic growth rate of 8 percent, according to the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC). Such growth will in turn boost the country’s demand for coal, Han said.”

China’s coal imports currently come from developing Southeast Asian countries including Indonesia and Vietnam. “New coal imports from Australia will also diversify the country’s coal supplies, which will further ensure the country’s energy security, he said.”

China will worry about the impacts of coal consumption later.

The $70 billion coal deal is said to make Clive Palmer,  chairman of Resourcehouse, the Australian mining company,  the country’s richest person.

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