You can’t make this stuff up.
U.S. Coal Generation Drops 19 Percent In One Year, Leaving Coal With 36 Percent Share Of Electricity
By Stephen Lacey on May 14, 2012 at 9:27 am
Power generation from coal is falling quickly. According to new figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal made up 36 percent of U.S. electricity in the first quarter of 2012 — down from 44.6 percent in the first quarter of 2011.
That stunning drop, which represented almost a 20 percent decline in coal generation over the last year, was primarily due to low natural gas (methane) prices. As EIA explains, natural gas generation will climb steadily this year, while coal will see a double-digit drop by the end of 2012:
The continued decline in domestic coal generation is good news for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide emissions from the fossil fuel sector are expected to decline by almost 3 percent this year — continuing the 1.9 percent decrease seen in 2011.
Last time I checked, methane was a hydrocarbon, and burning it released the only two greenhouse gases of any significance – H2O and CO2.
However, the exploration for and mining of methane often causes its inadvertent release into the atmosphere. Greenies are normally terrified of methane and believe it frequently leads to mass extinctions. Be afraid. Be very afraid.