In case you missed it, here are the latest words of wisdom from our confused president delivered on Friday:
“No one is building new coal plants because they can’t rely on it…We’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar.”
We hope the people in Ohio and Pennsylvania were listening.
We still get nearly one-third of our electric power from coal – about four times more than from inefficient wind and solar power.
China is now powering its rapid industrial expansion on fossil fuels as it builds dozens of massive NEW coal plants. How does it prevent global warming if every time we shut down a coal plant, China builds a new one or two or three?
Coal plants are cleaner all the time. In 2020 the U.S. Department of Energy issued a report which found:
“Coal-fired electricity generation is cleaner than ever. Research shows that a new coal plant with pollution controls reduces nitrogen oxides by 83 percent, sulfur dioxide by 98 percent, and particulate matter by 99.8 percent compared to plants without controls.
According to NETL, over the next 30 years, new coal production of 145-345 million tons could result in 47,500 coal mining jobs. The carbon products could also result in product value of near $139 billion and 480,000 manufacturing jobs tied directly to carbon products.”
This always comes as a surprise to people, but U.S. air quality has steadily and substantially IMPROVED in recent decades in no small part because emissions from coal plants have steadily DECLINED. Clean coal is here.
Will someone PLEASE tell that to Joe Biden?