Milestone: 100 coal plants down

Things are turning around.

As of today, 100 coal plants have been defeated or abandoned since the beginning of the coal rush, which came out of the Bush-Cheney energy plan of 2001. This news comes as President Obama is at the G8 summit in Italy discussing action on global warming. As other countries like China say they will not act until the U.S. does, these 100 stopped plants are a sign from Americans. We are taking action against global warming, and it’s time to join us.

More than 400 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution, a main cause of global warming, have been kept out of the air annually as a result of stopping these 100 plants. This is a tremendous achievement that is helping us meet the pollution reductions scientists say are necessary to avoid the worst consequences of global warming. It also demonstrates an undeniable trend of American communities moving beyond coal and towards clean, renewable energy.

In many places – including NC – a shift to clean energy is now underway. Recent reports indicate green job growth is doing well despite our state’s tough economic climate (report, report, and a few more).

At the beginning of the coal rush, it seemed inevitable that most of the 150 new proposed coal plants would get built. Since then we’ve seen an incredible change in the way people, businesses and governments are thinking about energy; we’re figuring out how to generate and use it more cleanly and efficiently.

In North Carolina, though, the fight against Cliffside continues.

One Comment

  1. Steve Harrison

    July 10, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Thanks for the link to the Sierra Club piece, Molly. I actually spotted that EPA letter several weeks ago on DAQ’s Cliffside Documents page, and was planning to work it into a blog soon. Now there’s a response from DAQ to the EPA, which, unfortunately, appears to be no more than a polite brush-off of the EPA’s concerns.