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Posted by Derek Broughton on December 20, 2005, 1:11 pm
 
Jeff Thies wrote:


Pretty disingenuous.  Natural gas/oil/coal is a pretty poor choice.  You
already import much of the NG from Canada, and you're going to be importing
huge amounts in the next few years from overseas through LNG plants in
Eastern Canada.  You have enough coal, probably, for your own needs, but
still import from South America because it's cheaper than digging your own.
--
derek

Posted by G. R. L. Cowan on December 20, 2005, 2:33 pm
 
Derek Broughton included:

The Americans do that? I'm surprised.
I thought their coal mining was the most mechanized
and cheapest in the world, much of it at a 75-foot-thick seam
in Montana.


--- Graham Cowan, former hydrogen fan
http://www.eagle.ca/~gcowan/Paper_for_11th_CHC.html
boron as energy carrier: real-car range, nuclear cachet

Posted by Jeff Thies on December 20, 2005, 5:28 pm
 G. R. L. Cowan wrote:

I'm surprised also, coal mining has been under a bit of a renaisance
here (I suspect demand from China is fueling world wide demand). I pass
through Kentucky (never the greatest source) and see closed mining
reopening.

   I'm just as pleased with the energy policies of my country (US) as I
am with any of the rest of our policies. The evangelicals here are
estatic as they know we are on the road to rapture.

   Cheers,
Jeff


Posted by philkryder on December 21, 2005, 2:28 am
 "....You have enough coal, probably, for your own needs, but
still import from South America because it's cheaper than digging your
own.
-- "

Did you mean coal from South America?
Do you have a reference?
What percent of US coal consumption is imported?
Which countries supply it?


Posted by bumtracks on December 21, 2005, 5:44 am
 

 US Coal  Production     Exports     Imports
   2004     1,112,099         47,998       27,280    (Thousand Short Tons)
http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/coal/quarterly/html/t7p01p1.html
http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/coal/quarterly/html/t4p01p1.html



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