250 rally against a coal-fired plant

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  • get real
    May 13, 2009 7:10 a.m.

    shut down california.and everyone will be happy,atleast this side of the rockies.EVERY STATE this side of the rockies [EXCEPT IDAHO}sends coal power to cali..arizona,utah,oregon,washington,new mex.,colorado,mont.nevada,the big complainers don't
    even know who is powering their world.you {cali}set the trends but the rest of us pay for your greed.

  • California resident
    March 13, 2008 3:44 p.m.

    I found this article and I'm wondering who may know exactly what states will receive this power. Will any of Utah get it? Nevada? Arizona? California?

    Just trying to understand. Thank you.

  • Southern Utah Doctor
    Feb. 7, 2008 6:01 a.m.

    The pollution from this power plant will have far reaching health effects on Southern Utah residents, especially the very young and the senior populations more vulnerable to respiratory illnesses. The population demographics could not be more concerning as we have a large population of both.

    If you live in Southern Utah this will negatively effect your health or someone close to you.... guaranteed!

  • St. George Resident
    Feb. 6, 2008 10:14 p.m.

    I'm the St. George Resident from 2:37 -- not the same person as at 4:10

    Factmonger -- Moapa is 75 miles away from here, and the proposed Toquop plant is only about 30. Like I said, I'm not totally opposed to coal, but if the plant is safe, why not provide St. George residents with actual data from environmental impact studies to back that up?

  • Mahonri
    Feb. 6, 2008 4:43 p.m.

    Let them freeze and bake in the dark. St George is already a dump so what difference will some coal dust make?

  • St. George Resident
    Feb. 6, 2008 4:10 p.m.

    Somehow "assurance" doesn't cut it. We recall having "assurance" that the radioactive clouds coming over St. George were perfectly safe. Don't take us for fools. Nearly all of the pollution from this plant will effect Southern Utah and will have detrimental health effects.

  • lance
    Feb. 6, 2008 3:53 p.m.

    The Toquop Power plant won't even provide power for Southern Utah--it's sending it to California. Tell California to build their own plant and breathe their own pollution.

  • Lew Jeppson
    Feb. 6, 2008 3:14 p.m.

    Moroever, electric rail freight could make a comeback like the Milwuakee Road accross Montana or the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Virginian Railway in the east.

  • Lew Jeppson
    Feb. 6, 2008 3:15 p.m.

    To factmonger: Electricity runs light rail and some commuter rail systems, and could run many more.

  • Factmonger
    Feb. 6, 2008 3:06 p.m.

    St George Resident: You already have all the assurance you need that the new power plant won't affect St. George. There is already a 30 year-old coal-fired plant at Moapa, not far from the proposed location.

  • St. George Resident
    Feb. 6, 2008 2:37 p.m.

    Southern Utah residents are not willing to suffer the effects of pollution from a coal fired power plant so Nevada can power it's glitz.

    Many Southern Utah residents are still suffering the effects of down wind pollution from atomic testing in Nevada 50 years ago... many paid with their lives.

    Southern Utah (including Zion National Park) will get 90 % of the pollution from this power plant. The detrimental effects of polluted air from this power plant are an insult to injury. Find a cleaner energy source.

  • Hypocrites
    Feb. 6, 2008 2:23 p.m.

    After they rally against the coal-fired power plant, they'll rally against drilling for natural gas and rally for the decommissioning of Glen Canyon Dam.

    Then they'll go home and turn on their lights, their heat, their televisions, their laptops, and charge their iPods and cellphones. Not thinking about where all that electricity they use comes from. They sure like to use a lot of electricity, but they don't want electricity generated.

    Hypocrites are a thing that must go.

  • St. George Resident
    Feb. 6, 2008 12:14 p.m.

    One workable alternative is a natural gas plant, which pollutes much less. Natural gas was the original plan, but was abandoned when the costs rose. While coal may be cheaper in the short-term, the long-term costs to health could be significant, since the proposed coal plant produces much more pollution (according to Toquop's own numbers)

    Those who propose to build the Toquop plant have not included St. George in any environmental impact studies. They haven't even considered what the emissions from the plant will do to our air. Furthermore, no one in St. George will benefit, since the power will not be sold to us.

    While I'm not necessarily opposed to all coal-fired power plants, and realize they probably need to be used in our energy mix, I am opposed to Toquop until they consider their emissions, our geography and the prevailing winds, and give me some reassurance that pollution will not rise to unhealthy levels here in St. George. Without any data to suggest the plant is safe, I will have to assume that it is not.

  • Factmonger
    Feb. 6, 2008 11:50 a.m.

    They're protesting the cleanest coal-fired plant in the U.S.? It gives one pause.

    What do they offer as a workable alternative? The article mentioned solar power, but solar simply cannot replace a coal-fired plant in scale or at night or in bad weather, and no one can afford it, so it is unrealistic at that scale.

    Would anyone want the southern Utah landscape riddled with spinning windmills?

    Why do they never mention that a coal-fire plant has been operating in the area (in Moapa) for 30 years, and St. George has had NO impact from it? Such an inconvenient truth!

    I would challenge the good doctor to demonstrate that anyone died from air pollution-related causes. That's quite a tricky thing to demonstrate. And in St. George--really?

    By the way, Lew, imported oil is used almost exclusively for transportation, so is not affected by the use of coal to generate electricity.

  • Lew Jeppson
    Feb. 6, 2008 10:53 a.m.

    This project represents domestic enegery for which foreign entanglements are not required. If it keeps young men from dying in the middle east I'm all for it!

  • Stenar
    Feb. 6, 2008 9:20 a.m.

    Build more wind power projects or a big solar grid in the Mojave. Stop burning fossil fuels!

  • DW
    Feb. 6, 2008 8:03 a.m.

    The solution is simple. Let all those who oppose the plant sign a pledge to be removed from the power grid. When the number of those who have given up their access to power equals the number of people who will be served by this plant, the plans can be canceled.

  • Geezer
    Feb. 6, 2008 7:37 a.m.

    St. George will put a stop to this dragon.

  • Pro Power
    Feb. 6, 2008 6:20 a.m.

    Rally all you want....we need power and this is a good project. If you want to save the world....go turn your lights off!!!!