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Shocker: Capitol Power Plant Burns Coal

From the Global Warming cultists at the Associated Press:

Coal is piled beside the Capitol Power Plant, a coal-burning electrical plant, in Washington, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009.

Capitol power plant dims clean energy hopes

By Dina Cappiello, Associated Press Writer – Sun Mar 1

WASHINGTON – As Congress tries to clean up the nation’s energy sources and cut gases blamed for global warming, it is struggling to do so in its own backyard.

The Capitol Power Plant, a 99-year-old facility that heats and cools the hallowed halls of Congress, still burns coal and accounts for one-third of the legislative branch’s greenhouse gas emissions. For a decade, lawmakers have attempted to clean it up.

In recent years, Congress has reduced its energy consumption. The steam and chilled-water power plant has become more efficient. It now burns more natural gas and only 35 percent coal, compared with 49 percent in 2007.

But Congress is running out of options to make the plant fully green. Also, there are questions about whether it can afford to keep paying to use the extra natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal.

The plant’s story is one that is likely to play out across the United States as Congress looks to limit greenhouse gases and require more of the country’s energy to come from wind, solar and other renewable sources

The U.S. counts on coal-fired power plants for about half of its electricity; the plants are also the biggest source of heat-trapping gases…

"We are holding it up as a symbol for how we can and must do better," said Mike Tidwell, director of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. It is among 40 environmental organizations planning a protest Monday that is expected to draw about 2,500 people to the plant a few blocks south of the Capitol.

Among them will be James Hansen, the NASA scientist who first testified in 1988 about the perils of global warming

Recognizing this dead end, just last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote the Architect of the Capitol with another recycled idea: convert the plant entirely to natural gas.

While four times more expensive than coal, natural gas produces about half as much carbon dioxide

Converting the plant entirely to natural gas would require equipment upgrades at the facility that would cost between $6 million and $7 million, in addition to having to buy more natural gas. It would cost $139 per ton of carbon dioxide saved, or about $2 million a year just for the House’s portion of heating and air conditioning…

Thank goodness the Democrats in control were able to come up with the obvious solution to this (non) problem:

Recognizing this dead end, just last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., wrote the Architect of the Capitol with another recycled idea: convert the plant entirely to natural gas.

While four times more expensive than coal, natural gas produces about half as much carbon dioxide.

Somehow that is the way they solve all of our problems, both real and imagined.

After all, what good is money these days?

And just try to imagine the staggering cost of doing this to all of the coal plants across America?

Still, it’s hard to see the need to do anything about Capitol Hill.

Since, as we noted back in November 2007, a Democrat fatcat is selling Congress its indulgences carbon offsets.

That is a real win-win situation.

(Thanks to Locomotivebreath1901 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, March 1st, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

20 Responses to “Shocker: Capitol Power Plant Burns Coal”

  1. The AP is horrified. Congress has its own dedicated, coal-fired/natural gas power plant that heats & cools its hallowed halls. NASA’s laughably discredited Dr. Hanson, in his chief roll as Bishop of the Church of Glow Bull Warming Scam, has been employed for ‘On High’ damage control.

    From the Associated Press:

    Capitol power plant dims clean energy hopes

    … While four times more expensive than coal, natural gas produces about half as much carbon dioxide…

    Pelosi and Reid say the investment far outweighs the costs. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it is not clear if that would be money well spent.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090301/ap_on_go_co/congress_power_plant

    Well, of course not. We’re talking about Congress spending other people’s money.

    Besides, coal miners aren’t much of a voting block compared to the demagogued returns available from a beleaguered, mushroom electorate.

  2. armadillo says:

    “The Capitol Power Plant, … accounts for one-third of the legislative branch’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

    Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

  3. retire05 says:

    “In recent years Congress has reduced its energy consumption.”

    But wanting to maintain all those “energy” jobs in D.C., Obama cranks up the heat in the Oval Office so that he could (to take a cue from David Axelrod) grow orchids there if he wanted. But appearance is more important. Being a Hawaiian, he needs to look all Hawaiian in his shirt sleeves.

    This is a joke.

    When President 0 imposes “cap and trade” the poor people who live in D.C. will see their utility bills skyrocket. Then we can bail them out since we are bailing out everyone else.

    Obama ’12 – Its STILL Bush’s Fault

  4. proreason says:

    4 times the cost.

    Hey, it’s not congress’ money.

    They already are rich beyond comprehension by stealing from the citizens they supposedly represent.

  5. 1sttofight says:

    This may be a silly question, But why does the capital need its own power plant? Can’t they tie on to the electrical grid just like everyone else?

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      How ’bout they just shut everything down and go home. Might be a little less dangerous for us …

  6. Squito says:

    Have to say, I could go for some of that global WARMING right now. Here in Pennsylvania, the temperatures keep dropping below the twenties.

    “While four times more expensive than coal, natural gas produces about half as much carbon dioxide…”

    A more cost effective route: Tell these people to stop breathing and wasting O2 for their planet-destroying CO2. That would save us a lifetime’s worth of carbon dioxide. So, any takers?

    • jobeth says:

      If you listen to the global warming nutjobs they will tell you that the extreme COLD weather you are currently experiencing is just one more “side effect” of global warming.

      Of course anything and everything is just one more “side effect” of global warming. ;)

    • Squito says:

      Ugh. I remember when I used to think GW was a real threat.

      Then somewhere along the line someone said cow farts were causing damage to the ozone layer and it started to look like a bad South Park episode.

      Oh well. Maybe GW will get me a two-hour delay tomorrow. Haha.

  7. pagar says:

    Can anyone imagine the horrible things that could happen if the power to the House and Senate went out? They’d have to pass things with out reading them.
    Wait, isn’t that what they are doing now?

    This may be a silly question, But why does the capital need its own power plant? Can’t they tie on to the electrical grid just like everyone else?

    • jobeth says:

      “They’d have to pass things with out reading them”

      That would NEVER happen. Congressional members are far too responsible to EVER let that happen. NOT.

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Wonder if this matter crossed His Majesty’s mind when he was cranking the thermostat in the oval office to 82 degrees….Carbon footprint and all that. What a stupid euphemism. (The president, not the term “carbon footprint”)

    • dulcimergrl says:

      Aren’t we all carbon-based beings? So what’s the big deal with having a carbon footprint? Why is that bad all of a sudden?

  9. Colonel1961 says:

    Apparently, super-soft toilet paper is the new devil in the AGW orthodoxy, i.e., the global warming movement has officially jumped the shark.

  10. brad says:

    Do what happens to every other person in America, your consumption goes up, you have to pay for it—start taking it out of their salaries!

    How many solar panels does the White House and Congress have installed on the roof?
    Are all the light bulbs, windows, doors, refrigerators etc, energy compliant?
    Do they ALL need to be driving into work?
    Can’t they carpool?
    Do they really need to fly back to their district every weekend?
    How is the government going paperless?
    Are they shutting off the computers and lights when not in use?

    Sit there and lecture the public, while they probably do nothing about it themselves…..nice power plant JERKS!

  11. DGA says:

    “While four times more expensive than coal, natural gas produces about half as much carbon dioxide…”

    You know, if congress just quit breathing tomorrow (I know, I know, wishful thinking) there would be about that much less carbon dioxide produced as well, being that humans (it’s a stretch calling congresscritters humans) exhale the stuff, and the side benefit would be that we wouldn’t actually need to heat the place any more. Problem solved, and would actually save the taxpayers money!

  12. U NO HOO says:

    Here in Pennsylvania, the temperature is 15 degrees, Fahrenheit.

    Phoebe Snow, call your office.

    Not all Lackawannas are in New York.

  13. U NO HOO says:

    Phoebe may see
    down in Dee See
    quite clean electricity
    ‘Cause a warming fright
    rid the carbon dioxite
    Upon the Road of Anthracite

    (Just like WWI)

    Lighten up guys and gals…

  14. U NO HOO says:

    “Do they really need to fly back to their district every weekend?”

    Do they really need to fly back to DC every week?


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