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en New Zealand is a coal-rich country with 10 times the global average of economic coal resources per person.
New Zealand's economic coal resources of 10 billion tonnes amounted to 2500 tonnes of coal per person.
Solid Energy is looking to apply its core business competencies to developing other coal-related business areas, such as coal seam methane and hydrogen energy, and the use of biomass for home heating and industrial energy.
Feasibility studies are also being undertaken to assess the commercial viability of 100-400 MW coal/biomass-fired electricity plants on the West Coast and Southland, using the best available clean coal technologies.
en New Zealand is energy rich but in the present climate of man-made global warming hysteria this may sound like heresy, as much of our energy reserves are fossil fuel ones.
Coal production in 2007 was 4,83 million tonnes while estimated coal reserves are over 15 billion tonnes of which 8,6 billion tonnes are economically recoverable.
We have enough reserves to last for 1780 years (probably more) at 2007 production rates!!!
This is almost like having an unlimited renewable energy source.
New Zealand could have plenty of cheap electricity for centuries, able to fuel a vibrant economy, were it not that global warming alarmists have demonised carbon, mainly in the form of human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), for allegedly causing catastrophic global warming.
This belief has been promoted by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). which produced four scientific assessment reports (1990, 1995, 2001, 2007).
Although the apocalyptic language in these reports has increased over the years, evidence for catastrophic manmade global warming has not. Their arguments remain non-validated computer models.
Coal still provides 41 percent of electricity generation worldwide.
Germany, one of the most enthusiastic champions of the IPCC dogma, is planning to built 12 new coal-fired power stations.
Several scientists, especially astrophysicists, are prediction that we may be entering a cooling period that may last up to 30 years.
Supporting real-world evidence (not based on computer models) is the fact that sun is extremely quiet, and has been for some time, and that also could last up to 30 years.