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North Carolina’s costly and poisonous addiction to coal

Posted By Rob Schofield On January 15, 2014 @ 9:51 am In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Coal smokestack [1]Americans have long fretted (and with good reason) over the country’s costly and destructive addiction to oil produced in the Middle East and other troubled regions. A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists, however, demonstrates that North Carolina has its own closer-to-home fossil fuel addiction problem.

As Public News Service reports this morning [2]:

“North Carolina power producers – primarily Duke Energy – spent $1.8 billion to import coal from other states in 2012 alone. A report released Tuesday by the Union of Concerned Scientists highlights that cost and the benefits of alternative energy sources such as wind and solar….According to the report, the amount of coal imported into North Carolina decreased by 36 percent from 2008 to 2012, but its cost has increased to more than $93 a ton – one of the highest prices in the nation. The report, called ‘Burning Coal, Burning Cash,’ ranks North Carolina second in the country in terms of its dependence on imported coal.”

You can read the UCS study by clicking here [3].
(Photo: Union of Concerned Scientists).

 


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[1] Image: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Coal-smokestack.jpg

[2] Public News Service reports this morning: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/index.php?/content/article/36800-2

[3] by clicking here: http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/smart-energy-solutions/decrease-coal/burning-coal-burning-cash-2014-update-state-coal-imports.html

[4] Coal Ash clean up, mixed messages cloud governor’s approval rating (audio) : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/13/coal-ash-clean-up-mixed-messages-cloud-governors-approval-rating-audio/

[5] Esquire’s Charles Pierce pulls no punches in explaining North Carolina’s coal ash problem : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/04/09/esquires-charles-pierce-pulls-no-punches-in-explaining-north-carolinas-coal-ash-problem/

[6] Breaking: Court orders Duke Energy to eliminate sources of groundwater contamination at coal plants immediately : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/06/breaking-court-orders-duke-energy-to-clean-up-coal-ash-groundwater-contamination-immediately/

[7] New poll : Majority of NC voters want Duke Energy to clean up all of its coal ash sites : http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2014/03/05/new-poll-majority-of-nc-voters-want-duke-energy-to-clean-up-all-of-its-coal-ash-sites/

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