Saturday, October 20, 2007

Coal Power: Fossil Fueled or Just Fossil?

In my last post i mentioned what i consider to be one of the biggest developments in the US on climate policy this year. A coal fired power station had its application turned down, now that isnt an uncommmon thing of late, the important point was that this refusal was due to carbon dioxide (Co2). This is the first time that i have heard of anything being denies a permit due to co2 it's a bizarre state of affairs, hopefully we can see more roads, power plants, airports etc., dennied planning permission as they are inately carbon intensive activities. This is results on the grounds stuff, more positive in my eyes than traded carbon credits of uncertain voracity. Coal fired power plants are going out of vogue, fast.

There was an opinion survey taken in the US recently that illustrated the current mood of the nation very nicely. This is some optomistic reading! Go on, spoil yourself, give the latest climate science a mis and check out the changing political landscape.

[A] new poll shows that "75 percent of Americans -- including 65 percent of Republicans, 83 percent of Democrats and 76 percent of Independents -- would 'support a five-year moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in the United States if there was stepped-up investment in clean, safe renewable energy -- such as wind and solar -- and improved home energy-efficiency standards.'"

The poll was full of other bad news for Big Carbon: Only 3 percent of Americans said they would advise their power company to look to coal as a new electricity source; the idea of turning coal into gas or a liquid with federal money got support from only 15 percent; more than 80 percent of Americans felt that fossil fuels were the energy technology of the past, and that it was time for a new, renewable industrial revolution -- including 84 percent of Republicans.
Via Huffington Post

Related Reading:
My previous posts on coal fired power plants.
Me lamenting the dumb people at TXU before it dumped its plan for coal power expansion.

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