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Coal Production Surges 28% In April In India

May 4, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Meanwhile, coal output is surging in India:





India’s coal output soared by 28 per cent to 66.1  million tonnes in April amid high demand from thermal power plants as several parts of the country grappled with power shortage.
The overall coal production was at 51.6 million tonnes (MT) in April 2021.

  1. John Hultquist permalink
    May 4, 2022 5:35 pm

    About a year (or maybe 2) ago I recall an article about the addition of modern equipment to the coal mining sector. The photo in this posting is not suggestive of that. This looks very labor intensive.
    Search-up “coal mining equipment” with the images tag to see available mining equipment.
    More of this equipment in India will greatly increase efficiency and output.

    If there is a report on this issue, can someone provide a link.
    Thanks, John

    • Janice Moore permalink
      May 4, 2022 6:18 pm

      Hi, John,

      I hope all is well with you and that you and Nancy are enjoying some good fiddling 🙂 .

      In case these links are helpful, here you go:

      July 31, 2018

      September 23, 2020

      April 30, 2022

      Search today using “coal”

      Take care, over there in sunni-ER eastern Washington,


      P.S. STILL serving by waiting (again, thank you for that very apropos and encouraging quote back in April, 2013 🙂 )….

      • John Hultquist permalink
        May 5, 2022 3:42 am

        Hi Janice,
        At WUWT, ask Charles for my email address.
        If that doesn’t work I will contact the Geography Department at CWU to, upon request, give it to you.

        Paul, I apologize for using your site this way. Thanks.

    • Martin Brumby permalink
      May 4, 2022 8:23 pm

      Look at the photo again. This is lumpwood charcoal, not coal! And quite obviously it is a distribution yard for sales, nothing whatever to do with mining!

      In fact India & China have, in addition to some extremely modern mega-mines, a host of old clapped out mines ‘owned’ or operated by municipalities or small ‘private’ owners. I know China in particular has made great strides in closing these down. Many friends and former colleagues of mine have worked, advising them and trying to flog them British mining equipment, extensively in both India and China, not to mention Kazhakstan & Mongolia. The small mines are responsible for both the worst of the genuine pollution and an appalling death rate from accidents.

      But the more recent mines are highly impressive, apparently.

      • John Hultquist permalink
        May 5, 2022 3:35 am


      • John Hultquist permalink
        May 5, 2022 3:51 am

        Years ago, in the USA, some retail places sold charcoal, coal, and wood. I did see a sign about 35 years ago in a small town, but the place was closed some years before. My family, in western Pennsylvania, heated with coal until the late 1940s. It was delivered in a truck and dumped into a storage area underneath the house. My uncle was a drag-line operator.
        I failed with the photo, but now see the difference.

    • Rowland P permalink
      May 5, 2022 8:57 am

      It looks like charcoal in the bags!

  2. Harry Passfield permalink
    May 4, 2022 8:35 pm

    Off topic, I know. Sorry, Paul, but your old friend Emma Gatten has a piece about electric aircraft (or, planes. in her world). Turns out it’s a single seater electric ‘microlight’ that managed 30 minutes before recharging. On this she bases her dreams of electric airliners taking holidaymakers abroad.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      May 5, 2022 1:43 am

      My initial thought was that April 1 had gone, but then I saw it was Emma the believer.

      • dave permalink
        May 5, 2022 8:54 am

        Every pilot in the world (there are three in my family) knows this is just a virtue-signalling joke. When you fly, you constantly survey the countryside below you for a place to glide to, and land, if your engine fails. This is as basic as a motorist looking in his mirrors every twenty seconds. Seems to me that the pilot of this contraption would do little but make emergency landings. The first time, the farmer might be amused. Later times, they would look on him as they do a sheep-worrying dog. Flying over a built-up area of any sort would be a recipe for death.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        May 5, 2022 11:01 am

        Dave: and of course, as I’m sure you know, the landing weight of an electric aircraft is the same as its take-off weight – unless you have a means of dumping batteries(!!).

  3. Mad mikeMad Mike permalink
    May 5, 2022 11:43 am

    Once again O/T but I found this fascinating and it backs up what I’ve been thinking, and probably many on here as well, about Groupthink. This article is based around Covid but the premise could equally be applied to Climate Change and even the idea that the Sun goes around the Earth. It certainly goes a long way to explaining the hysteria displayed by some members of XR

  4. Bloke down the pub permalink
    May 5, 2022 11:46 am

    Hi Paul, I take it that you’ve seen this answer to the UK’s net zero worries in today’s news?

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