Coal-fired power plants: their true cost to the environment and the tacit support of the EPA

Coal power plant in China

Coal has long been a reliable source of American energy, but it comes with tremendous costs because it is incredibly dirty. The same chemistry that enables coal to produce energy—the breaking down of carbon molecules—also produces a number of profoundly harmful environmental impacts and pollutants that harm public health. Air pollution and global warming are two of the most serious.

Link: https://www.ucsusa.org/clean-energy/coal-and-other-fossil-fuels/coal-air-pollution#.XBCn5GhKjIU

And the EPA is tacitly supporting Trump’s “I dig coal” policies by rolling back emission standards on coal plants.  EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist before taking up his current role, recently announced a new rule that will allow coal-fired power plants to emit more than 35 percent more global warming pollution than the current law allows.

Link: https://www.greencarreports.com/news/1120360_epa-rolls-back-emissions-standards-on-coal-plants

Kenya hosts inaugural Sustainable Blue Economy conference

Africa is hosting a historic conference that has to do with environmental protection. The first ever Sustainable Blue Conference starts today in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

The three-day conference has high global support with over twenty world leaders in Nairobi for the event. A number of environment friendly civil society organizations are also in attendance.

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Crackdown on Europe’s polluters

The European Commission is taking Britain, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Romania to the EU Court of Justice for failing to respect air quality limits.

The move follows a summit in January in which the Commission said it would get tough on member states that were still in breach of targets.

The European Environment Commissioner, Karmenu Vella, said it was the Commission’s responsibility to ensure people could breathe clean air.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has the power to impose multimillion euro fines if the countries do not address the problem swiftly.

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