flipping the birdTake your coal and shove it. (Photo by ballanross.)

It will soon be nearly impossible to build a coal-fired power plant in New York. Regulators at the state Department of Environmental Conservation today set a tough CO2 limit for new plants that dirty coal units just won’t be able to meet. The feds have proposed a similar, though slightly less stringent, rule on the national scale.

No new coal plants are being developed in New York anyway; it’s all about natural gas these days.

Still, this is one more sign that coal is on the way out.