Poland rejects using less coal — would only lower emissions with technology (which doesn’t exist)

So Poland won’t be lowering emissions anytime soon.

Reuters reports:

Poland will reduce its carbon emissions through new technologies rather than by cutting output of polluting coal, Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Tuesday.

Poland relies on coal to produce more than 90 percent of its electricity and is home to the European installation that emits the most carbon dioxide – utility PGE’s lignite power plant in Belchatow.

“We will develop renewable sources of energy, but coal, lignite coal and also shale gas are key. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions will be through technologies and not through limiting coal output,” Tusk told a conference.

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5 thoughts on “Poland rejects using less coal — would only lower emissions with technology (which doesn’t exist)”

  1. They are just kicking the can down the road; which is the correct course of action in this case because the can is not harmful. In fact, they will find it quite useful further down that road.

  2. For Poland to abandon coal power would be like jumping out of a perfectly good airplane – hoping on the way down that you can catch a ride on another one.
    “Belchatow”? Is that pronounced ‘belch-it off’?

  3. Poland should pay attention to economic development and real pollution. It sounds like that’s the plan. Works for me.
    I’d love to see more leaders saying, though, that carbon dioxide is a safe emission and they will not base any policies on reducing it.

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