Asheville, NC Votes to Shut Down Coal Plant (w/ video)



One of the loudest (and most ridiculous) comments you often hear from anti-EV types is that electric cars are just as bad as gas-fueled cars because most electricity comes from dirty sources. Last week, the city of Asheville, NC took a huge step into the twenty-first century by unanimously voting to shift the city’s electrical power supply from Duke Energy and its coal-fired plant on the French Broad River. The resolution calls for Duke Energy to shift away from coal and towards cleaner, more renewable fuels like the ethanol garbage facility in Florida and wind turbines like those used in Europe and throughout the Midwest.

The Asheville, NC vote comes just weeks after the EPA issued a mandate to reduce coal emissions by 50%. Looks like Duke Energy will be cutting theirs by 100% in the most awesome way possible: by shutting down their coal burning energy plant completely.

Nicholas Brown, over at our sister site, Cleantechnica, has more on the story in his article, which we’ve re-printed below. Enjoy!

On Tuesday, the city council of Asheville, North Carolina voted unanimously to shift the city from coal to clean energy. The vote was on a resolution to work with Duke Energy, the owner of a coal power plant in Asheville, to phase out the use of coal…

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  • Edsel Ford

    Actors and activist, how about scientists and engineers.

    • Like the scientists who talk about the need to cut coal emissions and the engineers who keep building more efficient wind turbines and solar panels? Like those guys?

      • egogg

        The only reason this is happening is because it’s uneconomical to upgrade the exhaust scrubber system or convert the plant to natural gas. Activists can claim victory if they like, scientists and engineers can point out the flaws in the design or environmental risks, but in the end it was the accountants that shuttered this plant, and others like it.

        The only way coal power will come to an end in the US, sadly, is when coal is too expensive compared to other fuels.

        • The scrubbers which only became necessary because of the gov’t mandate, which was the will of the people, which is not a victory in your universe because … ?

          • egogg

            It’s a victory no doubt. And the mandate definitely affects the economics, so you’re right on that point; I don’t want to downplay the fact that the government via the people is VERY SLOWLY removing coal from the grid..

            My main complaint is that it requires a mandate, that It requires the government to step in and tell companies that they are producing a product that’s poisoning lungs and rivers the world over. The people running the companies can’t rectify that on their own.

            I suppose it’s human nature itself that pisses me off.

          • I’m with you on that. I’ve always said that if the “good guys” (because “liberals” feels icky and wrong, in this context) were half as violent and reactionary as the social conservatives/corporations were, the bad guys would be too terrified to do half the s*** they do.

            I’d love to curb stomp the a**holes who do the PR for “clean coal”. F*** those guys with a cactus.

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