Planned coal-power closings won’t cut CO2 much

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The electric power industry’s plan to retire more than 10% of its coal-fired generators within a decade will do almost nothing to reduce the nation’s emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

The 140 slated retirements — mostly small, old generating units in the Midwest and South — account for only 4% of all CO2 emitted last year by U.S. power plants. In fact, not one ranks among the top 100 units for carbon emissions and only 12 are among the 475 units that comprise the top 10% of emitters, according to a review of 2013 federal data.

These findings show that cutting carbon emissions enough to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s 30% national target by 2030 will probably require many more coal retirements and lock in the nation’s energy shift toward natural gas and renewable power.

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2 thoughts on “Planned coal-power closings won’t cut CO2 much”

  1. Global Warming, or whatever label the Church of Climatology’s congregation wishes to call it, only reveals their level of attack methods in order to cripple our energy sectors (American people) and the extreme measures they are committed to. This entire scaremongering scheme must be the greatest scamming attempt we’ve ever seen in American history … and without a shred of evidence to back all their outrageous environmental claims. This should only remind us of Obama’s well known intentions: “Under my plan of a cap and trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket.” And this agenda is slowly emerging as what could only be described as the perfected “Hegelian Dialectic in motion!

    • For those having received the spiritual keys of Biblical understanding,
      let us not forget God’s word from Genesis 8:22 … “While the
      earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and
      winter, and day and night shall not cease.

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