Utah's coal production among states in significant decline

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  • ggrbdmn Seattle, WA
    Nov. 11, 2013 5:34 p.m.

    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.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 7:19 p.m.

    Wind mills will only work if there is wind.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Oct. 31, 2013 5:52 a.m.

    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.

  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 7:41 p.m.

    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.

  • lket Bluffdale, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 6:01 p.m.

    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.

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 5:47 p.m.

    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.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 30, 2013 5:11 p.m.

    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.