10 Aug '11, 2am

Big News: Coal Electricity Drops Big Time

Big News: Coal Electricity Drops Big Time

It's been a bad stretch recently for dirty coal, the country's largest source of global warming emissions. First, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg stepped up and contributed big time to the Sierra Club's fierce Beyond Coal campaign. And now news comes that coal's share of U.S. electricity production during the first quarter of this 2011 added up to its lowest amount in more than 30 years. The Energy Information Administration found that electricity produced from coal accounted for just 46 percent of domestic power, a drop that is 6% lower than the first three months of 2008. "The decline in the share of generation provided by coal is offset by increased generation fueled by other energy sources, particularly natural gas." The Clean Air Task Force estimated that in the United States pollution from existing coal power plants was expected to cause some 13,200 premature deaths...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/08/coal-electricty-d...

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