Global warming has a new battleground: coal plants
By Judy Pasternak Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
WASHINGTON — Every time a new coal-fired power plant is proposed anywhere in the United States, a lawyer from the Sierra Club or an allied environmental group is assigned to stop it, by any bureaucratic or legal means necessary.
They might frame the battle as a matter of zoning or water use, but the larger war is over global warming: Coal puts twice as much temperature-raising carbon dioxide into the atmosphere as natural gas, second to coal as the most common power plant fuel.
The campaign against new coal-powered plants has infuriated utilities, which say the environmentalists' tactics are an abuse of the regulatory and judicial systems. They are counterpunching with ads, lobbying and court briefs of their own, bringing the clash over coal to a pitch that rivals the environmental and legal fights over nuclear power decades ago. Read More
The Sierra Club is going to stop every coal plant by any means necessary because, they say, the plants are making too much plant food. Remember, that’s what carbon dioxide is, is plant food. And once again, Sierra Club puts its agenda and the alleged environmental harm above the human condition. These companies wouldn’t be trying to build new plants if the demand wasn’t there. When your electric bill goes up or you are part of a rolling blackout due to excess demand, you can thank the Sierra Club.