The real issue is not production capacity or cost, or safety.The
real issue is the arbitrary, and politically motivated regulations imposed by
the EPA at the direction of the Obama administration. Simply put, coal fired
plants are purposely being regulated out of business based on junk science and
the misguided zeal to depend instead on the fantasy promises of "renewable
clean energy sources." How's that Solyndra investment working out for
us taxpayers?We need to throw the entire Obama team out of office,
and get the EPA to use common sense and cost versus benefit analysis before
leaping to adopt whatever the greenie enviros demand.
There us plenty of coal to last for many years in Utah. To close coal fired
power plants without another source of fuel millions of people would be without
power and many people would be out of work.
you are so wrong coal is carcbn and the worst crud in the air for our planet.
acid rain is growing in the world and mercury levels are going up in the oceans
all because of record use of coal by china. we have had water power since the
being of electric power. every canyon could have a water wheel to generate
power. air power pumps water from the ground since the 1800s have you never seen
them. solar power is growing and going cheaper. why does green power cost more ?
ask oil companies that get tax money fron tax payers to explore for oil. they
are making record profits. the pipe line from canada to the gulf that is to
export to other contries and us to possible oil spills.
Barack and liberals are tying to prevent the export of coal to people who want
it in other countries. Pretty hypocritical that the United States
has needed the trillions of tons of coal we have burned to build this country to
the point where we enjoy a great standard of living and then try to prevent the
rest of the world from enjoying the same resource that got us to this point.
Three factors "killing" coal in Utah. One, Utah's
inability to export coal-fired power to California. Utah has been a net
exporter of coal-fired power, but California is moving to procure 33 percent of
its electricity from clean, price-stable renewable sources by 2020.
Consequently, it has cut off Utah coal contracts by 2027. The Milford Wind
Project is now set to replace that coal-fired power, and the last I saw,
California plans to expand Milford's wind production to 1,000 megagwatts of
power to partly replace that coal-fired electricity.Two, California,
Oregon, and Washington are not in favor of using its sea ports to export
Utah's coal to China due to the dust and pollution of railroading that coal
to the coasts. Further, there's been controversy as to if Uncle Sam should
pay for the coal infrastructure needs for those ports to accommodate coal. Finally, natural gas has become so cheap, it is rapidly replacing coal
as a cleaner, cheaper power source for electricity that better aligns with
renewable energy's variability of output. Gas can be flipped on and off
for power when the winds die or sun sets.
Wind mills will only work if there is wind.
When you burn coal, it contaminates the air. Those contaminants can affect the
health of the earth, and all of its inhabitants. Why do coal supporters believe
they have the right to make others and the planet sick? Coal is an
antiquated way of producing energy. Useful for Charles Dickens and Oliver
Twist, but not for modern times. Time to move on people, unless you can burn
coal without affecting others.