Kerri Houston has a great article about the need for coal power plants in Texas.
Here are a few excerpts:
Take Texas, for example. Demographic studies predict a population increase of six million residents over the next ten years, and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas has issued a dire warning that without new power sources, capacity will drop below reliable levels in only two years.
Exponential population growth, overdependence on oil and gas, and the aging of existing energy infrastructure is a guarantee of future shortages for Texas energy consumers.
In an effort to avoid such predicted shortages, TXU -- the largest provider of Texas energy -- has joined many of the state's smaller providers in looking to increase capacity by diversifying sources and taking advantage of Texas' own natural resources.
TXU has proposed spending $10B to build 11 new coal-generated energy plants on 9 existing sites, thus averting predicted shortages and making Texas less dependent on foreign sources. Most importantly, according to the Texas Environmental Research Consortium, the TXU coal generation technology will actually make Texas air cleaner.
Although Texas already boasts some of the nation's cleanest emission rates, Dallas Mayor Laura Miller and Houston Mayor Bill White oppose the TXU plan, claiming it will harm air quality. Both mayors are associated with anti-growth energy policy and their opposition to energy expansion should be expected. Powered by junk science, political motivation and the lucrative fundraising that comes from instilling environmental panic in the citizenry, they have partnered with the usual BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone) groups and a Houston trial lawyer who is a generous contributor to their own political parties.
Although this is political business as usual, energy is now a matter of national security and the most significant factor to economic growth. The stakes are too high to eschew new clean-air technologies and the development of native coal as an energy source.
You Can find the entire article below the fold.