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‘Greens’ Close Down 10 More Power Plants

From a joyous Washington Post:

Utilities announce closure of 10 aging power plants in Midwest, East

By Juliet Eilperin
February 29, 2012

Two utility companies announced the closure of 10 aging U.S. power plants Wednesday, a move environmental groups hailed as a major victory even as critics warned it could raise the price of electricity.

Midwest Generation, which had come under intense pressure from environmental activists, Chicago residents and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, said it will retire its Fisk Generating Station in 2012 and Crawford Generating Station in 2014…

What a great victory for Mr. Emanuel. Apparently, the Chicago political machine does not need electricity to run.

GenOn Energy, meanwhile, cited the same reason as it announced it will deactivate eight power plants — seven fired by coal and one by natural gas — between June 2012 and May 2015.

Notice that even a power plant that is fired by clean burning and abundant natural gas is being force to shut down.

In its announcement, GenOn outlined a schedule for closing 3,140 megawatts of generation capacity in Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jerseybecause forecasted returns on investments necessary to comply with environmental regulations are insufficient.” …

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? After all, this is exactly what candidate Obama had in mind when back in January 2008 he announced: “So if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

GenOn did not say Wednesday how it planned to replace the retired capacity.

Who needs electricity? It’s not like people are buying electric cars.

The closing of the Fisk and Crawford plants, in operation since 1968 and 1958, respectively, marks a major win for anti-coal activists and their allies in elected office. Last week, Emanuel warned Midwest Generation that it had a week to broker a deal on curbing pollution from the plants or face the prospect of a city council ordinance that would force the company to shut them down within two years.

‘Tiny Dancer’ sure showed them.

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, called the closures “a giant leap in our work to move America beyond coal.”

“This agreement means a cleaner, healthier environment for the communities around these coal plants,” said NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous. “For too long, Fisk and Crawford have been literally choking some of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods, and some of its poorest.”

Of course by "most diverse" Mr. Jealous means, "least diverse." Still, isn’t it nice to see the NAACP lending a hand to determine our nation’s energy supply?

For the record, here is how the Sierra Club is celebrating their latest victory:

Historic Win for Clean Air as Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford Coal Plants Announce Retirement

Huge public health victory comes after years of pressure from local residents and the Sierra Club

FEBRUARY 29, 2011

“This is a grassroots victory for environmental justice…"

The Fisk and Crawford plants are the 98th and 99th plants to be retired since the Beyond Coal campaign began

The campaign, in conjunction with allies around the country, have stopped more than 150 coal plants from breaking ground, and the number of planned retirements continues to grow as the nation transitions to a clean energy future.

Isn’t that wonderful? Apparently, they have no plans to ever buy a Chevy Volt.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 2nd, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “‘Greens’ Close Down 10 More Power Plants”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    This may be a blessing in disguise. More often than not when busybodies muddle about in other people’s business, it backfires on them, sometimes spectacularly.

    Case in point –

    1. If Japan had not bombed Pearl Harbor it is unlikely the Navy Department would have been able to command enough budget $$$ to rebuild their battleships into modern weapons platforms as shocking in firepower and as quickly as that bombing run compelled. Ugly as it may to say, bombing Pearl Harbor stirred up our Beast and we crushed Japan as a result.

    2. Japan, again. Thank God Japan jumped the gun and chose to go after us in the 1940s. Can you imagine how formidable a foe they could have been if they had not attacked the USA, and simply continued to consolidate the Pacific and Asia until the were technologically ready to attack us, say, about 1975 or so?

    Their eagerness to push their agenda too far too fast got them killed, flattened, destroyed and pwnd.

    The Greens may very well be doing the same thing.

    Time will tell.

    PS – Pro? We miss you. Come home.

  2. Reality Bytes says:

    One megawatt = 1 million watts – enough for 1000 homes’ 1 hr of use.


    Tea Party! Where for Art Thou?!!!!

  3. untrainable says:

    What happens when the lack of power actually kills someone? Who will be blamed? Greenies and the government that are actually responsible, or big power.

    It’s a setup for a government takeover of the power grid. Obama promised to bankrupt the coal industry so none of this should be a suprise. I can see Sheila Jackson-Lee now… “We need to take over the electrical grid. Obviously big power can’t keep the power on, so government is the only viable solution.” Once government has the grid, they control everything. And if you oppose dear leader… oops, your power should be back on sometime in the spring… unless you cooperate.

  4. Astravogel says:

    If we’re lucky, all we’ll get is rolling blackouts during
    the hot and cold times. Also possibly water shortages
    as it isn’t mules turning those pumps. And what about
    all the electric trams? Get out and push?

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