Gallery: Coal Electricity Production Drops To Its Lowest Point in 30 Ye...

 

Clean energy policies may be under attack by the right wing in the US, but it looks like there is still good energy news to be had: apparently, coal electricity production in the United States has dropped to its lowest amount in more than 30 years. The Energy Information Administration has found that this year, coal accounted for only 46 percent of our power, a 6 percent drop from 2008. This positive news comes just a few weeks after New York City Mayor Bloomberg pledged $50 million to help the Sierra Club shut down coal plants. But, like most news, there are plenty of counterpoints to burst our happy anti-coal bubble.

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  1. caeman August 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

    The quickest way to reduce fossil fuel use is for individuals to stop using them. When you stop using then, you reduce the demand for its use. When demand lowers enough, they stop using as much fossil fuels. The Powers That Be must respond to energy demands with what they have on hand. Solar, wind and other are good FUTURE technologies, but they are in their infancy and are prone to environment lawsuits.

    There is no reason why the American west shouldn’t already be covered with wind generators. What is the problem? They interfere with birds. They make too much noise. They are ugly. The animal activists are at odds with the energy activists. Alternative energy is a great thing, but no one wants in their back yard.

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