14 Jun '11, 10pm

Memo to the White House: Closing coal plants is a good thing

As the Obama administration announced the latest in a series of delays on rules that would cut pollution from smokestacks and industrial facilities, the utility industry continues to tout a new study showing that planned EPA clean air regulations would cause the shutdown of several coal-fired power plants. Several politicians and the administration have responded by trying to deny the charge -- saying that most of the plants would have shut down anyway: Really, it's not our fault that these poison-spewing monsters are closing, they say. Rather than running away from the closure of a coal plant, the administration would be far better off celebrating it. The White House should be throwing a big party every time a coal plant closes: It means hundreds of American lives saved from early deaths due to heart attacks, lung cancer, and other illnesses that result from coal's toxic ...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/coal/2011-06-14-mem

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