Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pressure builds on coal industry

In federal and state courtrooms across the country, environmental groups are putting coal-fueled power plants on trial in a bid to slow the industry's biggest construction boom in decades. At least four dozen coal plants are being contested in 29 states, according to a Associated Press tally. "Our goal is to oppose these projects at each and every stage, from zoning and air and water permits, to their mining permits and new coal railroads." said Bruce Nilles, a Sierra Club attorney who directs the group's national coal campaign. It's undeniable coal is one of the country's cheapest and most abundant fuels. Coal plants provide just over 50 percent of the nation's electricity. They also are the largest domestic source of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, emitting 2 billion tons annually, about a third of the country's total. By Matthew Brown, Associated Press Writer.

As the U.S. population grows we build new homes and we wire them for electricity. We build new stores for these people and we wire these buildings. We also wire all those office buildings they all need electricity. Ask the people in Louisiana and Mississippi how it feels to live without electricity for weeks after the storm. The Sierra Club wants to stop our growth and wants you to share your electricity with someone else. Which day of the week can you do without electricity? How many hours a day can you do without electricity? Wait! What about wind power plants? Texas' largest wind farm has 421 wind turbines that will power 230,000 homes per year. The nations total electricity produced by wind turbines is about 0.4 percent. Not even a half percent. And as we restrict our electric growth the rest of the world is growing and building more coal electric plants. I have an idea, if there were 12 million people less in the United States we would us less energy right. Why don't the Sierra Club go round up all the illegal alien, with their money, and send them back to Mexico. Just think of all the energy we can save.

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