31 Aug '11, 6pm

Major Coal Plant to Close, Transform into Green Community?

Major Coal Plant to Close, Transform into Green Community?

It's hard to say how much that plan, which outlined how the coal plant could be transformed into a sustainable mixed-use community called Potomac River Green , influenced the deal eventually reached to put it out of commission. But it was certainly a boon. ACSF's aim was to capture the public's imagination with a tangible alternative to a repulsive, smoke-belching eyesore, and that seems to be precisely what happened. I stressed that notion when I first covered the Potomac River Green plans : those seeking a change from status quo policies (environmentally destructive or otherwise) too often rely just on pointing out how bad a particular practice is. Hell, I'm guilty of precisely this in my reportage here at TH -- we say 'Coal kills'. Or 'Coal causes global warming'. Coal is bad. You get it. So what do we do instead? Solar panels? Sure. Cool waterfront spaces, even? Absolu...

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