The Office of Fossil Energy (no, not Dick Cheney’s office — apparently there is another one) released a new report this week: “Tracking New Coal Fired Power Plants.”

An excerpt from the press release:

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If built, the plants will be critical in helping to meet future electricity demand in the United States. The new and proposed plants would theoretically produce enough electricity to power 90 million homes.

Coal is vital to the nation’s energy security. Providing more than 50 percent of U.S. electricity, coal is an abundant, domestic energy source with more than a 250-year supply at current use rates. America’s coal reserves, estimated at 272 billion tons, contain more energy potential than all of the oil in the Middle East.

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