Not so fast with that coal plant

Not so fast with that coal plant

Summary: The "Washington Post" today looks at the growing political and legal opposition to coal-burning plants for electricity generation in the U.S.

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The "Washington Post" today looks at the growing political and legal opposition to coal-burning plants for electricity generation in the U.S. Seems coal has a reputation as a source of air pollution and greenhouse gases. Hmm.

One leading opponent of the rush to coal-burning is Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. But there's even opposition growing in red states like Florida and Montana.

Course the U.S. could give up all coal-burning and China's coal addicition would soon make up for it. And China's coal-burning is our problem, too. If they insist on committing suicide by CO2, they're taking the rest of the planet with 'em.

Topic: China

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  • really now...

    If they decide on suicide by CO2 and to take the world with them, where will the manufacturing industry go? I suspect either Africa or a land far far away!

    Alani
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  • You have to remember that here in the US we do 5x more polution per person

    than China. So, we need to not be so quick to criticize China and FIRST get our pollution per capita down to China's levels. The US is the one that created the problem, we need to fix our problem - with NO criticism of others, and the others will follow.
    DonnieBoy
    • Absolutely true... but

      Completely right, but they are opening an average of one coal powered plant a week. I do not think we are at that pace.

      One thing not mentioned is that China also leads (in total - not per head) the solar production of power. We can leverage that choice as well here.
      Jim888
      • Very true, the number of coal plants they are opening in China is stagering

        But, we need to get our house in order in the US without screaming too loud about China. We should probably let other countries that pollute less than we do put some pressure on China. It just sounds bad, a country polluting 5x as much per person to be doing the criticizing. We can also be leaders in helping fix the problem that we really created by investing heavily in solutions that will help China reverse trends and start reducing emissions at some point.
        DonnieBoy