Coalco New York Traces the History of Coal
Coalco New York, more formally The Coal Company of New York, aims to innovate and develop practical, environmentally responsible methods of dealing with air pollutants generated from coal consumption. Still in the early stages of its growth, the emerging company seeks partners to assist it in progressing to the next level of development. Coalco New York hopes that through such partnerships it will achieve a leading position as a provider of products and services designed to meet a critical 21st century need.
Coalco New York’s staff has conducted a considerable amount of research into the history, present state, and likely future course of the use of coal as a source of energy. Coal is the most frequently found fuel among all fossil sources. Cave dwellers at the beginning of human history used it to heat their homesteads. At least as far back as the Roman occupation in the second century of the Common Era, workers were engaged in exploitation of Great Britain’s coalfields. And in that early period, coal traveled along waterways as an item of trade.
The 18th century saw the increasing development of coal as a source of power for the steamships of the Industrial Revolution. Railroads and steamship lines soon criss-crossed the globe as engines of a burgeoning web of trade among nations.
EPA Proposes Plan to Cut Coal Plant Carbon Dioxide Emissions
Recently, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a regulation that would reduce carbon dioxide emission from American coal plants by up to 30 percent over the course of 25 years. The proposition allows states to meet the new standard by mixing among four primary options: shifting from coal to natural gas, opting for renewable energy sources, upgrading existing power plants, and improving energy efficiency.
This potential regulation represents one of the largest steps ever taken by the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and will result in major political debate. A climate bill stalled in the Senate several years ago, which has since resulted in significant pressure on President Barack Obama to exercise executive authority and impose carbon limits. Many representatives of the energy industry have already protested that the limits are unachievable with current technology.
The EPA regulation primarily targets the use of coal to produce energy. With the average age of coal plants in the United States around 42 years, implementing modern technology could significantly curb emissions. The EPA has estimated that a third of the nation’s electricity will continue to come from coal even with the new regulations, thus placing emphasis on the need to adopt clean coal technologies rather than relying on new sources altogether.