East Coast Wind Could Replace Coal

Windmills off the East Coast could generate enough electricity to replace most, if not all, the coal-fired power plants in the United States, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Monday.

Salazar said ocean winds along the East Coast can generate 1 million megawatts of power, roughly the equivalent of 3,000 medium-sized coal-fired power plants, or nearly five times the number of coal plants now operating in the United States, according to the Energy Department.

via Salazar: Eastern wind could replace coal for power – The Denver Post .

Ambitious House Climate Bill Aims to Please Environmental and Business Interests – washingtonpost.com

House Democrats introduced an ambitious climate bill yesterday aimed at pleasing both environmental and business interests, even as Senate leaders acknowledged that the party faces serious challenges in trying to pass a carbon limit in the near future.

via Ambitious House Climate Bill Aims to Please Environmental and Business Interests – washingtonpost.com.

EPA Suspends Mountaintop Removal Mining

Here’s the news report, per CBS news :

The Environmental Protection Agency is putting on hold hundreds of mountaintop coal-mining permits until it can evaluate the projects’ impacts on streams and wetlands. The decision was announced Tuesday by EPA administrator Lisa Jackson. It targets a controversial practice by coal mining companies that dump waste from mountaintop mining into streams and wetlands. It could delay 150-250 permits being sought by companies wanting to begin blasting mountaintops to access coal.

The entire report is here

Cliffside debate between Sierra Club and Duke Energy in Charlotte Observer

Sierra Club and Duke Energy CEO went toe-to-toe this morning, debating the minor source permit issued last week by the NC Division of Air Quality. See the dueling Op-Eds in the Charlotte Observer.

Sierra Club – http://www.charlotteobserver.com/406/story/603137.html

Duke CEO Jim Rogers – http://www.charlotteobserver.com/406/story/602557.html