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As many as 353 coal-fired electricity units could be retired as the costs of installing...

As many as 353 coal-fired electricity units could be retired as the costs of installing pollution controls on those plants won’t let them compete with cheaper natural gas and wind power, the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a report released today. Such a move would be warranted, the group says, because those rarely used plants have already outlived their 30-year lifespan and generate the most emissions of harmful pollutants and greenhouse gases.
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  • Wyatt Junker
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    What are greenhouse gasses?
    13 Nov 2012, 06:12 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    The stuff coming out of your behind.
    13 Nov 2012, 06:17 PM Reply Like
  • Papaswamp
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    The gasses in greenhouses that make plants grow better. Mainly H2O(g) and CO2. The big problem with coal plants are the methyl mercury that ends up in fish tissue.
    13 Nov 2012, 07:56 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    Methane is an important green house gas too and that is how we can ignite the fart coming out of Wyatt's behind (or the behind of anyone else for that matter). I think he would be concerned if he would know that Archaebacteria are responsible for this.
    13 Nov 2012, 08:27 PM Reply Like
  • TruffelPig
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    For all those concerned: AT has only one coal plant in their projects but many Nat. Gas and Biomass plants and some wind. Looks like a good pick.
    13 Nov 2012, 06:18 PM Reply Like
  • Hubert Biagi
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    Right. We'll send that extra coal to China where they can burn it with even less controls. Isn't all the same atmosphere?
    13 Nov 2012, 07:56 PM Reply Like
  • ronwagn
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    The sooner that China develops its shale, the sooner they will cut down on coal use. They have terrible air pollution, and want to improve their air. Particulate matter is also bad for health. Some lands in China, most in the oceans, and some on other nations including us. Ocean acidifying, mercury, etc. When you eat predator fish, you eat mercury as it is now. It is advisable not to eat a diet high in predator fish. Tuna for example. The rivers in China are also filthy. China is going full speed ahead to develop shale oil and gas. It is using foreign talent, and has already given two rounds of leases.
    14 Nov 2012, 10:48 AM Reply Like
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