Replacing Petroleum With Coal

Indonesia
June 15, 2010 7:42pm CST
Now, when many people in need of fuel, fuel prices going higher. So even though lately has been quite stable. The bad news in addition to higher fuel prices, the other bad news is the state of fuel in the face of the earth is getting thinner, increasingly rare, increasingly hard to find the points oily areas. With little background in this case, much students and scientists are racing to find other alternatives, and include coal. Many Indonesian students, especially majors electro and techniques, and technology development related departments, which are now being actively campaigning to change the fuel-intensive with coal. This is a lot happening in Indonesia. Well, try MyLot friends give arguments whether to agree fuel substituted with coal? ? Or, your friends have other alternatives other than coal? In Indonesia, this issue is warm enough, how about in your country? Please give his review.
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@Iamgood (38)
• Canada
16 Jun 10
Based on the oil spill in the gulf of mexico, I think running out of fuel isn't that big of a problem. Of course, the spill was really bad, but my point is that we probably have enough to fuel ourselves until the next advancement in technology where we will use something else to fuel our cars and stuff, Personally, I think coal is a really bad option because it is non renewable and maybe worse the using fuel for the environment. We also have less coal than we do oil. The replacement would not last for long as coal is formed during many years or pressure against bones and other animal dropping or decay. I really don't think there needs to be a substitution.
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@veganbliss (3900)
• Adelaide, Australia
4 Nov 10
For Indonesia, I don't think the environment is much of a concern, so ignoring environmental impact (also because the topic opener did not ask for the cleanest fuel, but the cheapest), coal is the cleverest bet. No existing technology, not fossil fuel plants, not solar, not hydroelectric, not even nuclear produce anywhere near the same level of power as base-load-power coal for the money. Buying coal from Australia is very cheap & the plants & associated processes are simple & cheap to maintain. It was on the front page of The Australian newspaper today that in self-sufficient Australia, residents pay one-third more for electricity than the residents of South Korea & Taiwan - our two top coal buyers! In the past year alone, Australian residents were paying an increase of 12.4% on their already inflated electricity prices. That's four times the rate of inflation here! And now our government wants to put a price on carbon that no-one here can afford. Hmmm...
• United States
16 Jun 10
Hi, KAN! Coal can, indeed, be a clean fuel. However, making it so is very costly and cumbersome. New construction can include the facilities to burn coal cleanly, but older coal burners are horrible polluters! Wind, Sun and Hydroelectric plants are clean, sustainable and very inexpensive.
@Hatley (164226)
• Garden Grove, California
16 Jun 10
hi Kandangtips I think Coal will ultimately show up to pollute the atmosphere even worst than it alread is. I would opt for electronics and electrically powered cars and vehicles. It will be interesting to see what the future comes up with solar energy, atomic energy and electric energy. we do need to think outside the box. Coal was used for many years and abandoned as a pollutant. yuck