Is America Ready to Quit Coal?

Feb 15, 2009 | Posted by: Iria | Full story: www.nytimes.com

The coal industry, which powered the industrial revolution and supplied America with much of its electricity for more than 60 years, is in a fight for its survival.
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DCK

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America cannot quit coal until it starts building many more nuclear power plants.
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What an idiot to post this. Coal fired power plants are a staple.

Would take 3-4 decades to replace if started now.

iria has diahrea.
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s America Ready to Quit Coal?

The read question: Is America ready for rolling brown-outs and black outs?
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you guys could begin that 3-4 decades of replacing it now of course. Roll out the nuke plants or something.
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China is kicking our butts because they have copied the fossil fuel power and heavy industry that made America great. Environmental regulations killed U.S. industrial might and we lost millions of jobs too. Bring back American industrial output or look forward to more job losses, more government debt, and higher world pollution under Red China's exemptions from environmental controls.
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Let's be honest.
If you are near large coal deposits, it is probably the best energy choice for your utility companies.
Other parts of the US needs nuclear power, badly.
If they never start building anything, we will never have anything (as many of you have already said).

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I Barack ready to admit he is in way over his head

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Anti-Socialism wrote:
What an idiot to post this. Coal fired power plants are a staple.
Would take 3-4 decades to replace if started now.
iria has diahrea.
Considering Obama has said he'd bankrupt the coal industry, maybe Iria has taken some Pepto-Bismol.

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Coal is more important than oil.
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WillB wrote:
Coal is more important than oil.
It's not only important, we have enough coal to last several hundred years...It's cheap and we don't need to import it...

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The One wrote:
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It's not only important, we have enough coal to last several hundred years...It's cheap and we don't need to import it...
We can't make iron or steel without tons of coal. Obama has no idea the consequences of his actions. How can he with Pelosi to his right and reid to his left?
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WillB wrote:
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We can't make iron or steel without tons of coal. Obama has no idea the consequences of his actions. How can he with Pelosi to his right and reid to his left?
Obama is a hero, he know what he doing, we will just use more electricity and not use as much coal

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I have not seen such in US. The clean coal Industries like lincenergy.us is rising more in coal technology.

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ObamaHero wrote:
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Obama is a hero, he know what he doing, we will just use more electricity and not use as much coal
Considering half the nation's electricity is generated with coal, that might be a bit difficult to do.
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Bama Yankee wrote:
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Considering half the nation's electricity is generated with coal, that might be a bit difficult to do.
Obama will just make wind farms to make electricity we need more farms of wind just put up wind farms obama can build them with minority workers and give us all a better life

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Obamahero wrote:
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Obama will just make wind farms to make electricity we need more farms of wind just put up wind farms obama can build them with minority workers and give us all a better life
Are you really that stupid, or are you just trolling?

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The article stated:

"Other utilities, though, have sworn off coal for the time being and are eagerly embracing alternative energy. Xcel Energy, for example, has erected 274 cloud-colored turbines on the gusty plains of northeastern Colorado. It gets about half of its electricity from coal, but it also draws more of its power from wind, almost 3,000 megawatts, than any other utility."

Does North Carolina have no wind these days ?
Didn't the Wright brothers choose North Carolina (Kitty Hawk) because of the great, steady winds along the shore ?
This Duke Energy CEO can't replace a dinky 0.8 GW coal power plant with wind power ? Puhlease.

Even in Texas, T Boone Pickens is working on a wind farm project in Texas that will be the biggest wind farm in the world when completed. Pickens is a visionary, especially for an ex-oilman. His Pampa Wind Project is expected to eventually have 4 Gigawatts (GW) of wind power in the next 5 or 6 years.(1 GW by 2011). Texas is now the largest wind power producer in the U.S., surpassing California recently.

Even China is planning to build 80 GW more by 2020, which is 20 times the size of Picken's wind farm.
Of course, by 2020 the rest of the U.S. might build much more than 76 GW: 8.3 GW was built in 2008 alone, which was 42% of all new electric generating capacity in 2008.
http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content...
http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/1894/

Can't North Carolina do better than primitive coal technology ? What's the problem ? Doesn't North Carolina have plenty of smart people these days around Research Triangle ?
Join the 21st Century, Duke Energy.

Even the Queen of England, representing a many centuries-old institution, is getting with the times:
http://www.metaefficient.com/renewable-power/...
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Herodotus wrote:
The article stated:
"Other utilities, though, have sworn off coal for the time being and are eagerly embracing alternative energy. Xcel Energy, for example, has erected 274 cloud-colored turbines on the gusty plains of northeastern Colorado. It gets about half of its electricity from coal, but it also draws more of its power from wind, almost 3,000 megawatts, than any other utility."
Does North Carolina have no wind these days ?
Didn't the Wright brothers choose North Carolina (Kitty Hawk) because of the great, steady winds along the shore ?
This Duke Energy CEO can't replace a dinky 0.8 GW coal power plant with wind power ? Puhlease.
Even in Texas, T Boone Pickens is working on a wind farm project in Texas that will be the biggest wind farm in the world when completed. Pickens is a visionary, especially for an ex-oilman. His Pampa Wind Project is expected to eventually have 4 Gigawatts (GW) of wind power in the next 5 or 6 years.(1 GW by 2011). Texas is now the largest wind power producer in the U.S., surpassing California recently.
Even China is planning to build 80 GW more by 2020, which is 20 times the size of Picken's wind farm.
Of course, by 2020 the rest of the U.S. might build much more than 76 GW: 8.3 GW was built in 2008 alone, which was 42% of all new electric generating capacity in 2008.
http://www.businessweek.com/globalbiz/content...
http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/1894/
Can't North Carolina do better than primitive coal technology ? What's the problem ? Doesn't North Carolina have plenty of smart people these days around Research Triangle ?
Join the 21st Century, Duke Energy.
Even the Queen of England, representing a many centuries-old institution, is getting with the times:
http://www.metaefficient.com/renewable-power/...
This is all pre obama but the obama worshipers will try to give him the credit.
Much like the ethusiastic Germans gave Hitler credit for saving them from capitalism.
How long did that last?
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Golly gee, if we cut back on coal, what'll we do to get mercury in our air ?
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Bama Yankee wrote:
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Are you really that stupid, or are you just trolling?
No I'm just an average Obama voter

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