Power play

Headed off to a conference on Science Blogging, so this is a shortee.
It's interesting to see Duke Execs talking about their new coal plant proposal for NC while the company is one of a group that's going to pressure the White House to start doing something about greenhouse gasses.
Today's N&O has a rundown on the plant and the effort:

With momentum building statewide for alternative energy, the debate represents the biggest opportunity in a quarter-century for critics to force electric utilities in North Carolina to develop alternatives to building nuclear and coal-fired plants.

The state has received about 600 letters from the public, and heard from hundreds of citizens during public hearings, in opposition to the proposed coal-fired plant. Duke Energy has the backing of the Public Staff, the consumer protection arm of the utilities commission, but is opposed by a coalition of environmental groups and by the state attorney general.

Meanwhile, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal are reporting on the greenhouse initiative.
Via Reuters:

The group will call for a nationwide limit on carbon dioxide emissions that would lead to reductions of 10 percent to 30 percent over the next 15 years, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council.

According to a draft of the principles, obtained by Reuters, the coalition would also call for a market-based emissions trading program and emission reductions from the transportation sector.

The group also plans to strongly discourage building new coal-fired power plants that cannot easily capture and store carbon dioxide emissions. Coal-fired plants produce significantly more greenhouse gases than other types of power plants.

Wall Street Journal:

WASHINGTON -- A new coalition of environmental groups and major corporations such as Alcoa Inc., General Electric Co., DuPont Co. and Duke Energy Corp. will boost pressure on Congress and President Bush next week to address climate change more rapidly.

The informal coalition plans a news conference Monday to publicize its recommendations, ahead of Tuesday's State of the Union address, according to a person familiar with the situation. It will suggest that Congress and the administration move quickly to address global warming through steps such as capping greenhouse-gas emissions and discouraging construction of conventional coal-burning power plants, which are a big source of carbon-dioxide emissions.


Yes, at that point in the morning

you were sitting next to Kirk.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Duke Energy's Coal Plants Opposed in NC- WHY?

-a billion-dollar cost overrun was exposed in December that the consumers will pay in rate increases at no risk to the stockholders
-projection of 11 million tons/year of greenhouse gas emissions
- A new state study proves energy efficiency and renewables can displace the need for new large coal and nuclear plants

There are options including a cleaner, less polluting coal plant that Duke Energy has used in other states.

Hard to understand why they would want to build the dirtier version in our state?


Even a cleaner coal plant

will still use coal, no? and still result in mountaintop removal and the irreversible environmental effects of coal mining?

Could you give us a link to the state study you mentioned? Thanks!

Good points

'zactly what I was thinking, c. dog. I can't imagine anyone who has ever watched this video to the end being excited about building new coal plants in 2007.

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


for that link, Les. I hope everybody will look at it. I'm going to go post it on another forum now.

I would still like a link to the state study that was mentioned. I plan on writing letters, and I'd like to be well informed when I do it. Thanks.