11 May '11, 1am

Can we realistically retire #coal plants and still have enough power to meet our needs?

Can We Realistically Retire Coal Plants and Still Have Enough Power to Meet Our Needs? Ask a Scientist - May 2011 S. Young of Glastonbury, CT, asks “If the United States still generates almost 50 percent of its power from coal, can we realistically retire coal plants and still have enough power to meet our needs?” and is answered by Barbara Freese, Senior Policy Analyst for the Climate and Energy Program. The shortest answer is yes, we can meet our country’s electricity needs while retiring coal plants. And replacing coal plants with cleaner sources of energy is not only critical for slowing global warming and saving lives, but it also makes financial sense for ratepayers. Many of the nation’s coal plants are old, dirty, and ripe for retirement. Most plants are more than 30 years old—the operating lifetime for which coal plants were typically designed—and a third of the fl...

Full article: http://www.ucsusa.org/publications/ask/2011/retire-coal.html

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