South Carolina governor joins Wisconsin's and Michigan's in pushing back against coal
Yesterday the governor of South Carolina — yes, South Carolina — announced that he is opposing construction of a new coal plant in his state.
Why? Because a weak economy has demand down, the cost of coal has nearly tripled, and the prospect of tougher mercury and CO2 regulations from the Obama administration threaten to as much as double the cost of the project.
Because it’s an economic turkey, in other words.
The head of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources also came out in opposition, citing worries about mercury pollution in fish and increased CO2 emissions.
This comes a few days after Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle announced that the UW power plant would eliminate coal (replacing it with biomass) by 2012.
And that was about a week after Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm’s state of the state address, wherein she outlined a plan to free her state from coal. (Technically, reduce reliance on coal electricity by 45% by 2020.)
Governors in South Carolina, Wisconsin, and Michigan, all working to free their states from the grip of the enemy of the human race.
Dirty friggin’ hippies!
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