John Edwards Calls for a Moratorium on Coal-fired Power

Wed, 2008-01-16 14:53Kevin Grandia
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John Edwards Calls for a Moratorium on Coal-fired Power

If only we could get every candidate to be this bold on the dirtiest of energy producers.

Here's what Democrat Presidential candidate John Edwards stated last night in the Nevada Democrat debate:

I'd go another step that at least I haven't heard these two candidates talk about. They can answer for themselves. I believe we need a moratorium on the building of any more coal-fired power plants unless and until we have the ability to capture and sequester the carbon in the ground.

Because every time we build a new coal-fired power plant in America when we don't have that technology attached to it, what happens is, we're making a terrible situation worse. We're already the worst polluter on the planet. America needs to be leading by example.”

Hat tip to Solve Climate.com.
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