"43 New Coal Plants Would Escape Climate Bill CO2 Standards"

"A new burst of coal-fired power plant construction now underway -- the largest in decades -- will put 43 new coal plants on American soil in the next five years, and all of them will escape the performance standards written into the climate bill now moving through Congress.

The 43 plants are either already under construction, near construction or permitted. They fall under a designation called “progressing projects” in a report published by the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and under provisions in the American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) bill now awaiting Senate action, they would all be grandfathered in without direct restriction on their CO2 emissions."

David Sassoon reports for SolveClimate July 16, 2009.

See Also:

"Energy-Intensive Industries Want More CO2 Permits" (Reuters)

"U.S. Lawmakers Debate Climate Bills' Economic Impact" (Reuters)

"Power Industry Infighting Heats Up Over Climate Legislation" (ClimateWire)

Friday, July 17, 2009