Saturday, February 10, 2007

New Coal Plants Threaten Climate

Fourteen new coal plants are currently being built in Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado and Nevada and are expected to release nearly 70 million tons of carbon dioxide per year, according to an article in AZ Central. These new plants threaten to undermine the political progress the Southwest region has made in benchmarks for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our elected leaders have already shown strong leadership on global warming and clean energy issues by adopting greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy benchmarks. These new plants, which are based on outdated technology, threaten to undo much of their hard work," Jana Milford, a senior scientist formerly with Environmental Defense, said in a statement.

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