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In her State of the State message [.pdf via www.rightmichigan.com], Michigan Gov. Granholm gave strong indications that planned new coal-powered electricity generating facilities would be stalled, if not completely abandoned, in favor of wind and solar powered facilities.
While there are pollution concerns regarding coal-powered facilities, the primary focus is to reduce CO2 release. This, of course, begs the question of whether CO2 is a pollutant and a threat... or not. The implications are considerable for Michigan, a state that has been in the forefront of economic malaise for most of the decade.
Affordable electricity is paramount to industrial growth and profitability. Michigan is at the forefront of industrial collapse. The promise of wind and solar powered electricity is reduction of CO2 and more expensive electricity. Governor Granholm was given a choice between economic recovery and climate ideology and chose the latter.
Can Michigan recover without new coal-powered electricity producing facilities? Yes. Will the cost of the recovery be greater? Yes. Will the obstacles to recovery be greater? Yes. Governor Granholm is counting on the notion that homeowners and individual business will buy their own solar or wind electricity generating systems and tie into the larger grid... an expensive notion for those homeowners and businesses.
This is an interesting compilation of expert opinions regarding the pros and cons of new coal-powered facilities. It is worth your reading.
Monday, December 8, 2008..
Should Coal Plants Cool It?
President-elect Obama wants America to "develop and deploy clean coal technologies." To that end, coal companies Arch Coal and Peabody Energy and electric utility Ameren Corp. last week announced $12 million in clean coal and mining research grants to three universities. On the same day, the environmental community launched a campaign charging that clean coal is a myth because no U.S. utilities are capturing and burying their global warming pollution. The greens are challenging construction of nearly every new coal plant on the drawing board throughout the nation.
Should the nation stop building new coal-fired power plants until the technologies are perfected to burn coal without releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere?