The Collapse of Coal

While not yet on the brink of extinction, coal-fired power plants are dying off in the U.S. in record numbers. Watch the video below to hear about some of the most recent examples, and some reasons behind the trend.

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  • Report this Comment On August 19, 2013, at 5:55 AM, fool1953 wrote:

    Natural Gas is putting pressure on coal fired generation and probably will continue to do so. The great thing about coal it is still cheap dispatchable energy. Coal was one of the building blocks of this country as it supplied cheap energy for the last 100 years. It will take decades to replace all the coal fired generation in this country which still provides more electrical energy then any source. The powder river basin coal is among the cheapest, clean burning coal in the world. China building a coal plant a week and we are building out ports to ship coal to them. The four "Mid American" plants she spoke of is actually Midwest Generation. Those plants are so big you would have supply problems if they were closed.(on heavy load days) It would also substantially increase power costs in that area as these plants are in the top 10% of the country in producing low cost energy.

  • Report this Comment On August 25, 2013, at 12:06 PM, Matthew419 wrote:

    Fool Contributer is a good name for the reporter in this artcle. As the other commenter said,e companies name is Midwest Generation. MId-America is a Warren Buffet company, they seem to get a free pass from all this crap, wonder why. Midwest Gen is no longer a subsidiary of EIX. They have severed and are currently in a restructuring. I will tell you that they are actually doing ok, despite the massive attacks by the left winged environmentalists and the government whom seem to be picking coal as an enemy not to the environment, but to some other party interest they(politicians) seem more faithful to than the American people. Its hard to understand why you allow fracking in order to keep gas cheap and make coal less competitive and you claim coal is so "dirty" when you ignore the advances made in cleaning it up. "Well they are carbon polluters creating global warming", but we have had a record August in terms of how few tropical storms or hurricanes have spawned. I am always Confused, by our government. I think coal will always be a part of our energy mix, if the Chinese stop trying to steal it from us. Sorry about the lack of cohesion, there is so much a want to say about the injustice against coal, I could write a book.

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