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Coal-Fired Power Plants Face Dim Future


Environment  (tags: environment, pollution, EPA, CO2emissions, research, government, green )

Dee
- 3718 days ago - motherearthnews.com
A coal-fired power plant near Lake Powell in Arizona. Only five new coal-fired power plants opened in the United States in 2008, while 24 proposed coal-fired power plants were scrapped.



   

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Dee C (23)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 1:36 pm
"This covers nearly half of the 200 or so U.S. coal-fired power plants that have been proposed for construction since 2000. The vast majority of the remaining proposals are essentially on hold, awaiting word on whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is going to impose limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. With further legal challenges ahead and the regulation of CO2 imminent, 2009 may very well witness the end of new coal-fired power plants in the United States."
 

Jamie L (195)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 1:54 pm
I would love it, if it meant no more coal. Crossing my fingers....
 

Dee C (23)
Sunday April 19, 2009, 2:25 pm
Same here..
 

Mark G (36)
Monday April 20, 2009, 7:30 am
This would be good if we had nuclear plants under construction now to replace coal plants. Unfortunately we don't, which means that soon energy bills will be going up for everyone. This will become a bigger and bigger burden on those in this country that can least afford it.
The little mentioned reality is that other than nuclear, there are NO viable energy producing sources on the horizon that can replace fossil fuels. We can mesmerize ourselves with the fantasy that wind and solar power are going to be able to soon replace coal, oil, and nuclear power plants, but this is only a fantasy.
Of course the president and the congress know this so more than likely you will see CO2 "regulation" back-pedalled for a few years so they won't have to get the blame for the doubling of power bills that would come. If we were really serious about limiting CO2 we would be scrambling to license new nuclear plants.
 

Dee C (23)
Monday April 20, 2009, 12:06 pm
It is clear that we need to do something..other than what we are doing now..We need to help this Earth..not continue to destroy it..as well as the ill effects and harm these thing do to humans/animals..

Many things were thought to be "just a fantasy" and then came to be a reality..

We just can't give up because doing something different seems harder..and or unknown..
 

Dale Husband (123)
Monday April 20, 2009, 4:06 pm
"This would be good if we had nuclear plants under construction now to replace coal plants."

We don't need nuclear power either.

"Unfortunately we don't, which means that soon energy bills will be going up for everyone. This will become a bigger and bigger burden on those in this country that can least afford it."

Unfounded assumptions.

"The little mentioned reality is that other than nuclear, there are NO viable energy producing sources on the horizon that can replace fossil fuels. We can mesmerize ourselves with the fantasy that wind and solar power are going to be able to soon replace coal, oil, and nuclear power plants, but this is only a fantasy."

Outright lies. Have you no shame? If we work at it, we can make our fantasies come true, and leave naysayers like you far behind in the dust.
 

Locan Sleeping-Squirrel (209)
Monday April 20, 2009, 10:45 pm
Half of all power generated never sees a lightbulb. The answer is for homes and businesses to generate much or at least some of their own power backed up by the grid instead of totally relying on it. Combine that effort with efficiently using natural sunlight when possible and replacing inefficient consumption methods. Power rate structures should reward conservation instead of making it null (have you looked at how your state structures your rates?) Not as much power would need to be generated by these dinosaurs and from a security standpoint, this is a no brainer. Not to mention the jobs created for independent contractors retrofitting solar panels, wind turbines or geo-thermal pumps, energy efficient windows and doors, skylights, 90% efficiency furnaces and tankless water heaters. Maybe TVs should connected to treadmills and exorcycles.

There is plenty to start with. The real question is, do we have the will?
 

Dee C (23)
Thursday April 23, 2009, 11:35 am
Ready,..willing and able..
 
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