Monday, August 23, 2010

New "Old" Coal Plants Under Construction

Sixteen large coal-fired plants have fired up since 2008 and 16 more are under construction. These are old-style plants – they do not capture and sequester carbon dioxide. They will generate about 125 million tons of greenhouse gases annually, equivalent to putting 22 million additional automobiles on the road.

The expansion, the industry's largest in two decades, represents an acknowledgment that highly touted "clean coal" technology is still a long way from becoming a reality and underscores a renewed confidence among utilities that due in large part to their lobbying activities, proposals to regulate carbon emissions will fail.

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