King Coal Scorned in the US Heartland!

Sat, 2007-10-20 08:15Ross Gelbspan
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King Coal Scorned in the US Heartland!

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment yesterday became the first government agency in the United States to cite carbon dioxide emissions as the reason for rejecting an air permit for a proposed coal-fired electricity generating plant, saying that the greenhouse gas threatens public health and the environment.

The decision marks a victory for environmental groups that are fighting proposals for new coal-fired plants around the country. It may be the first of a series of similar state actions inspired by a Supreme Court decision in April that asserted that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide should be considered pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

Comments

Finally some common sense…

What role did the fact that the proponent was a cooperative play in this?

Was it easier to prevent the project? Will the state try to block coal plants by big corporations too? Will it be able to do the latter as easily?

Was it even possibly prevented because it was a cooperative, with CO2 as an excuse?

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