Southern Company #1 and #2!
We get most of our electricity from #1 coal Plant Scherer
near Macon, and 1/4 of its power goes to Florida, dirtying our air.
SO says it’s worst only because it’s one of the biggest.
But it still emits more greenhouse gases than any other power plant
in the country.
#2 is only about twice as far away, and it’s also Southern Company.
Luminant Generation Company’s Martin Lake Plant in Texas
Union Electric Company’s Labadie Plant in Missouri
NRG Texas Power’s W.A. Parish Plant
These power plants, said Julian Boggs, Environment America’s global warming program director, “are the elephant in the room when it comes to global warming.”
America’s Dirtiest Power Plants,
by Environment America,
says (page 5) Plant Scherer alone produces 0.4% of all U.S. CO2 emissions
and 0.1% of all the world’s. Plant Miller emits almost as much, so that’s 0.8% of U.S. and 0.2% of world CO2
emissions from just the top 2 Southern Company coal plants.
How about we insist Georgia Power and Southern Company get on with solar
power inland and wind off the coast to replace all those coal plants and
the water-sucking nukes, too?
Two Southern Company coal-fired electric generating plants near
Atlanta are the biggest contributors to global greenhouse gases in
the United States, and a third Southern plant in Alabama is the
third-biggest emitter, an analysis of environmental data found
The nation’s No. 1 producer of carbon dioxide — the
heat-trapping gas that is held chiefly responsible in models of
global warming — is Plant Scherer in Juliette, about 65 miles
southeast of downtown Atlanta, according to the Associated Press
analysis of data reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency for 2010.
That’s the plant that supplies most of our power in south Georgia,
whether you get it through Georgia Power or Colquitt EMC.
The No. 2 producer is Plant Bowen, just west of Cartersville, about
50 miles northwest of central Atlanta, and the third-largest is
Plant Miller in Quinton, Ala., about 165 miles west of Atlanta near
Birmingham, the AP said.
The story also notes (as a picture caption):
Georgia Power recently installed pollution-control equipment, called
baghouses, to curb mercury pollution at Plant Scherer. EPA rules
that will regulate mercury likely will lead to the utility to install
additional baghouses at other coal-fired plants
Hm, that’s exactly what Southern Company said
it was incompetent to do.
Apparently it figured out to do what other power companies already knew how to do.
Anyway, pumping out CO2 from coal plants is what Southern Company is doing
instead of solar and wind.