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Sierra Daily

Aug 17, 2010

A Coaled Day in Hell

Last year, the Sierra Club and other enviro groups were justifiably proud of their success at stopping or delaying construction of the 100th coal-fired power plants in the U.S. since 2001. That number’s now up to 133, but there’s little time for high fives. A recent AP investigation shows just how hellbent the coal industry is on maintaining the status quo. More than 30 traditional coal plants have been built since 2008 or are under construction, the largest expansion of the industry in two decades. Their 125 million tons of greenhouse-gas emissions are the equivalent of putting 22 million new cars on the road, the AP says, and “an acknowledgment that highly touted ‘clean coal’ technology is still a long ways from becoming a reality and underscores a renewed confidence among utilities that proposals to regulate carbon emissions will fail.”

For information on the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, go here.

--Reed McManus

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