French “End of Coal” Lasts Two Years

by Val Germann

If ever there were a sign that we’re headed for an energy crunch of some kind it was the news that France, which in 2004 ended coal mining with a flourish, has decided to get back into the hard stuff. Yes, that’s right, the Frogs will soon be mining coal again, as a recent article on the SPACEDAILY website reports:

More than two years since France brought up its last lump of coal and turned its back on three centuries of mining industry, a new consortium plans to reopen a pit and resume excavations.

We might keep in mind that France is the European nation with the most intensive electricity-from-nuclear-power program, those nuclear reactors having replaced coal. Except, well, they can’t totally replace fossil, not with demand and energy prices both rising rapidly:

The project comes at a time of renewed interest in energy sources that are not derived from oil, which hit a record high of 78.64 dollars a barrel earlier this month and which has put the economies of developed nations under pressure.

And so it is that the French, too, are going to build more coal-fired plants, rejoining the rest of the developed world which is doing the same. Say “good-bye” to Kyoto, folks, it’s dying faster than the doubts about global warming and climate change.

Read the entire SPACEDAILY article here.

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I am a long-time teacher of science and astronomy with a strong interest in resource conservation and the environment.
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