What’s the EPA limit of carbon dioxide emissions on coal-fired power plants?
Do you think the future is dim for coal-fired power plants in America?
Please define "future". Coal fired power plants provide the great majority of electricity to Americans and will continue to do so for several decades, because, quite frankly, it represents the cheapest (not cleanest) power. Furthermore, the utilities have major plants and long term (25-50 years) contracts with coal producers to feed their coal-fired plants. These contracts and infrastructure do not just evaporate.
New generation technology (natural gas, renewables) will gradually supplant the dirtier coal, but will take time - a lot of it. And it will be driven by the all-in cost of generation (which includes the cost of pollutions, natural resources, and fuel).
So, if the "future" is 5, 10, 15 years - coal will still be going strong. If the "future" is 100 years, our grand children will enjoy cleaner electrical production.
Already there is too much pressure that EPA should impose, on coal power plants, a limit of at least 1,000 pounds per megawatt-hour on carbon pollution within the next few years. The future here should be the next ten to twenty years.
Sadly, the costs of power will be the key driver in this process. If power from renewable sources (for example) is much more expensive than coal fired production it will be exceedingly difficult to push these costs onto homes and business
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