On a hilltop 3 miles west of the Minnesota-South Dakota border, the Big Stone power plant is undergoing a $405 million retrofit, one of the largest such upgrades in the Midwest. This summer, 225 workers are pouring concrete and erecting steel to house new air pollution control equipment. The workforce is expected to double before the job is done in 2015. In another era, environmentalists might have applauded utilities like Otter Tail for reducing mercury and haze-causing emissions at a coal plant. But increasingly, environmental groups say that such investments are a mistake because greenhouse gas regulation looms. [David Schaffer, Minneapolis Star-Tribune]From my inbox:
It’s crazy: big polluters get to pump unlimited amounts of climate-wrecking carbon pollution into our air.
Carbon pollution fuels global warming, which means more climate chaos -- from record droughts and floods, to wildfires and super storms.
That’s right, the biggest single source of carbon pollution is power plants. In fact, power plants belch out more global warming pollution than cars, trucks and airplanes combined.
The Obama Administration has introduced limits on carbon pollution from all future power plants. But Big Coal and their friends in Congress are doing everything they can to gut these historic protections.
Big Coal and other fossil fuel industries have poured millions into lobbying efforts against EPA’s proposed life-saving protections. And just last week, Congressional cronies for Big Coal announced they're moving ahead with their plan to interfere with the EPA's authority to limit carbon pollution.
These new limits could be a game-changer in our fight to curb global warming, but without strong public support they may never see the light of day. That's why your help is so important in this fight.
Tell the EPA you support strong limits on new power plants. And make sure they deliver on the President’s promise to issue rules that crack down on existing power plants as well.
With your help, we can face down Big Coal and get this done.Image courtesy of Minnesota Public Radio.