13 Jun '11, 11pm

Rage of a dying dinosaur: Why is AEP really shutting down five coal plants?

Rage of a dying dinosaur: Why is AEP really shutting down five coal plants?

Coal-fired energy is going extinct. Photo: Markusram A huge animal, thrashing around in its death throes, threatens nearby smaller animals. Such is the case with coal-dependent American Electric Power (AEP). Thursday, it announced that it would be closing five coal plants in Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio, adding up to about 25 percent of its total capacity. And it attributed the closure to the cost of EPA regulations. Cue the noise machine on the "job-killing EPA." The Bluefield, W.Va. Daily Telegraph editorial could have been written by AEP executives: "One must look no further than last week's stunning announcement from American Electric Power for further proof of the out-of-control, job-killing agenda of the federal Environmental Protection Agency." The only problem: It's not true. AEP has pitched two different reasons in the space of one week for the demise of the ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-06-13-rage-of-a-dying-dino...

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