The closures are great news, both for communities in North Carolina who want healthy air and water, and for everyone around the world, since burning coal is the leading U.S. cause of global warming.
In a potentially devastating move for the Washington, DC coal lobby, Duke Energy has announced that it is canceling its membership with the controversial American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE).
While the coal industry clings to the hope of carbon capture and storage, CCS, as a lifeline to continue the construction of new coal plants, it turns out they have made very little investment in it to date.
That doesn’t sound like “clean energy” to me.
A lot of other people in North Carolina agree.
Big Coal probably thinks they need a bit of a break. Too bad for them, that’s not really our style.
As an anti-coal organizer, in the wake of the Capitol Climate Action, I’m getting calls and emails from people all over the country wanting to escalate on coal mining, coal plants, coal waste and coal financing.
Many want to know what’s next. Well, we’ve got a good one.
On December 2nd a federal court in Asheville NC found the Duke Energy 800 MW Cliffside Coal Power Plant in violation of the Clean Air Act. This decision will force Duke energy to meet pollution control requirements for mercury regulation within the next 70 days. And if they fail to? The court could halt construction of the plant.
The court ruled in favor of conservation groups denying Duke's arguement that the plant qualified for a loophole in the law allowing them to avoid federal pollution regulation.