13 Jun '11, 3pm

Why does American Electric Power hate your children?

This morning American Electric Power is waging a not-so-secret -- and not terribly subtle -- campaign to build sentiment against EPA regulations that would force it to shut down or clean up its oldest, filthiest coal-fired power plants. One of the dirty little secrets of coal-fired power production in the U.S. is that a significant proportion of these power plants -- pretty much all of the ones built before the Clean Air Act -- were grandfathered in under that law, allowing them to continue to pollute using terribly out of date technology. In fact, regulations actually punish power companies for trying to update these plants, because if they do, they immediately fall under the Clean Air Act and must be brought up to code. Easier to leave them in the same state they've been in since the 1950's. But now the EPA is cracking down for real. Most power companies, recognizing tha...

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