In the wake of the oil price spike, coal mining is being revived in marginal coal production areas.
Here’s a cheerful article in the NYTimes about it.
But after decades of seemingly terminal decline, Japan’s coal country is stirring again. With energy prices reaching record highs — oil settled above $133 a barrel on Wednesday — Japan’s high-cost mines are suddenly competitive again, and demand for their coal is booming. Production has jumped to its highest in nearly four decades, creating a sensation rarely felt in these mining communities: hope.
“We are seeing a flicker of light after long darkness,” said Michio Sakurai, the mayor of Bibai, on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido. “We never imagined coal would actually make a comeback.”
Appearing nowhere in the article are the words “climate”, “warming” or “greenhouse”.
Update: Fleck and Appell also noticed this story, pointing out that it is consistent with Appell’s Theorem. (PS – Those who know me as “mt” please take note that I am not the “MT” who comments on Quark Soup.)
Appell’s Theorem: Despite the worst threats to the planet, earthlings will burn whatever it is that keeps them warm.