California has made great strides to wean itself off dirty coal.
Last year, Los Angeles announced it would be coal free. Other utilities are going coal free, too, and California is on pace to eliminate coal entirely over the next ten years. The efforts to ditch coal have ramifications for the country: as California goes, so goes the nation.
Now, all that progress to move California beyond coal is at risk, as the California Energy Commission considers building a new coal power plant outside Bakersfield, a region with some of the dirtiest air in the country.
This new coal plant would bring in coal from a strip mine in New Mexico by diesel train to Kern County. The coal would be trucked to the plant (300 trucks per day!) where it would be turned into gas to power the plant. The project would use unproven, risky technology to attempt to capture 90% of the CO2 and inject it into the ground in a neighboring oil field, helping push out the remaining oil from the depleted field (you have to love the irony of capturing carbon just so we can burn more).
Even if the project only emits 10% of the CO2 produced, the project is so massive and coal-intensive, it would be one of the 60 largest sources of carbon pollution in the state!
The coal industry is bending over backwards to call this a clean project, but the truth is anything but. The project would increase the dangerous pollutants that cause asthma, emphysema, and even heart attacks in a region that already can’t come close to meeting the standards of the Clean Air Act.
The project has issues beyond just dirty air. It will suck up 2.4 billion gallons of water each year, using water that would otherwise be used by local farmers.
Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,
My Generation Campaign
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