Guest "Coal Saves Lives" by David Middleton
Energy poverty is an existential threat to over 1 billion people. Our friends at the CO2 coalition have a solution to a large part of the problem:
November 12, 2020
American Coal New Tech Electricity for Africa: Clean Air, Inside and Outside
African life is also important
New study shows how American clean coal technology can improve access to electricity and reduce deaths from indoor air pollution
The coalition of climate researchers and energy engineers is calling on President Trump to "pardon" Africa by ending the ban on US and World Bank support
Arlington, VA. The CO2 coalition of 60 climate researchers and energy engineers today published a white paper showing how American power plants can save lives in Africa with high efficiency and low emissions. Only a third of Africans have access to electricity, and the World Health Organization estimates that 439,000 Africans die each year from cooking in their homes with wood and dried animal manure. According to a top WHO researcher, "an open fire in your kitchen is like burning 400 cigarettes an hour".
New-Tech American Coal-Fired Electricity for Africa: Clean Air, Indoors and Out reports on a field visit and interviews at the "Ultra Super-Critical" John Turk coal-fired power station that supplies Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. The system eliminates practically all pollutants from its emissions.
The white paper examines ten challenges that the operation of such a plant would face in the economic and political context of Africa, and calls on the US government to support proposals by African governments to import American technology. As part of Obama-era policies based on computer models that project a future “climate crisis” from emissions of an environmentally friendly plant-based food, carbon dioxide, US aid agencies are currently opposed to coal-based electricity generation in Africa.
As the White Paper shows, international energy agencies agree that Africa will continue to use its abundant, inexpensive coal for electricity in the decades to come. If this American technology is not exported, China will build numerous new power plants without environmental protection.
Carbon Coalition Chairman Patrick Moore welcomed the new paper and its proposals: “It's energy madness and carbon colonialism for the United States to block government funding and World Bank support for the very projects that African governments want and effective can work. Access to electricity is a fundamental right and the key to health and life expectancy in Africa. As the White Paper concludes, life in Africa matters too. "
The main investigators of the White Paper are the Honorable Kathleen Hartnett White, formerly the top Texan pollution regulator as Chair of the Texas Environmental Quality Commission, and Dr. Caleb Stewart Rossiter, former professor of public order statistics at the University of the USA Western Cape, South Africa. Hartnett White is a Senior Fellow at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and a member of the CO2 Coalition. Rossiter is the managing director of the CO2 coalition.
Hartnett White noted, “Electrical energy is the central nervous system of a modern economy and modern life expectancy. Africa's electricity deficit leads directly to a life expectancy deficit of 15 years per person. "Rossiter added," The scourge of indoor air pollution that I have seen across Africa can be removed with the universal electrification of coal-fired power plants. With American 'scrubbing' technology, African governments can also fight another killer at the same time: the Outdoor air pollution. President Trump should apologize to Africa before leaving office by enacting an executive order reversing US opposition to clean coal projects there. "
The white paper can be downloaded here: American Coal-Fired Electricity for Africa.
The John Turk 600 MW coal-fired power plant in Hempstead Country, Arkansas, went live in December 2012 and was the first modern U.S. power plant to use ultrasonic boiler technology (USC). It was the winner of the POWER 2013 Plant of the Year Award. It is one of the most efficient and cleanest coal-fired power plants in the world.
Whether or not the war on coal in America resumes in January 2021, developing countries will continue to build coal-fired power plants for decades to come. The United States can either help these nations build a clean coal infrastructure or sit back and watch Red China do it … with a little less care for the environment.