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Many days while driving down Hwy-10 I can clearly see the haze coming off those stacks for miles and miles. That stuff might get diluted in the atmosphere under certain circumstances but it doesn't go away.
"Clean Coal" really isn't clean at all! Don't get me wrong...It is cleaner than burning coal without stack scrubbers. "Clean Coal" is just another exaple of the lobbyist and marketing folks trying to sell you another dirty technology by relabeling with a euphemism.
Turn of your lights, computer, air conditioner, television, washing machine, kitchen appliances, power tools, and electric car. That will clear up the problems caused by the generation of electricity. We can't have our cake and eat it too.
If the EPA recommends closure of the lawsuit, I would surmise that there is not much merit to the case other than to drive up litigation costs for all of us Xcel users. This EPA is the most aggressive group of coal haters in the history of the country - they wouldn't recommend closure of the lawsuit without just case.
jcrew45 - the EPA is not requesting that the case against Xcel be dismissed - it is asking the judge to dismiss the company's request (to drop the case against them). The EPA is very much pushing to force Xcel to clean up its mess. In my opinion, it is very much the government's job to correct market failures. When polluters can ignore the cost of their emissions, it creates a situation where the supply and demand equilibrium is out of whack. Those of us who consume electricity need to pay the full cost of our consumption. If that means we have to pay more to keep those gasses from leaking out onto innocent populations, so be it. That's the cost of using electricity. It isn't that Xcel is facing unjust increases in costs, it's that some external costs aren't being factored into the original sale. Basic micro-economics. It only becomes problematic when politicians and lobbyists get involved.
Why do we even bother with this anymore? The big boys will just either do whatever the feel like doing or buy off a few more of our government officials to ensure they can get away with it. Just round us up, lock us up, and be done with it already. Death by a thousand cuts is getting really old.
So bkorboro, your car doesn't contribute to pollution? There's a lot more cars out there than power plants.
No, pomoone -- jcrew45 had it right. The EPA is requesting the court to dismiss the environmentalists case, not Xcel Energy's request to join the suit. The EPA knows that Xcel has been working hard to reduce its environmental impacts, all the way back to the early 2000s, with the Metropolitan Emissions Reduction Project to retire two metro-area coal plants and add state of the art controls to a third.
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