Health-Killing Coal Plant Finally Closes in Alexandria, Va.; Virginia: Put in Wind Turbines!

A notorious polluting coal plant has finally been closed in Alexandria, Va. It had been giving locals lung and heart problems for years. Ironically, the plant probably had actually been affecting the health of members of Congress. Its fuel source was mountain top coal mining, the most environmentally destructive kind of mining. It was not closed for environmental reasons, but could not compete with cheap fracked shale natural gas.

h/t Djcoolschreibs at Reddit.com

Coal should be illegal.

There is a potential for 94 gigawatts of wind energy off Virginia’s coast. But it hasn’t begun to be developed. That state is behind. So its people are breathing sulfur.

5 Responses

  1. That particular plant is located in the flight path to Washington National Airport (DCA), about 1-2 miles south. No wind turbines on that property! Maybe elsewhere.

    • As a professional pilot, I HATE flying into DCA. The airspace is so restricted I feel like I’m playing “You Bet Your License” every time I go in there.

      They should just close the thing down and build a high-speed rail line out to Dulles.

  2. It was not closed for environmental reasons, but could not compete with cheap fracked shale natural gas.

    Kinda sorta.

    One of the reasons coal can’t compete is the expense of complying with environmental regulations, which have been strengthened a great deal by EPA Direction Lisa Jackson.

    What was it Barack Obama said way back when? “So it will be legal to build a coal-fired power plant. You’ll just go bankrupt.” Something like that.

  3. I do not think fracking will be, long term, and less polluting than mountain top removal mining. Wind alternatives are still in their infancy and show great promise in conjunction with other natural resources such as wave action.

    A number of coal fired plants have been rebuilt and converted to bio-fuels at a more then 90% reduction in pollutants, reductions in landfill waste and a whole level of new jobs.

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