Last edited by Carjosse; 04-27-14 at 10:55 AM.
What switch to "renewable energy" is that?
US electricity prices are going to "skyrocket" according to Obama, who pledged that when he was first elected.
And unless the US gets its head out of its ass on the Columbia River treaty, your imported hydro-electricity is going to skyrocket too. But then, the US wants to tax hydro electricity because of all the environmental "damage" they do when constructed.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
The high levels of acid rain was mainly caused by the burning of coal with high sulfur and nitrogen content. During the 1990s coal plants where required to place filters on the stacks to eliminate the majority of this, and this period also saw the shift from high sulfur coals to those from the Powder River Basin in Wyoming (which has been our #1 coal producing state for some time now) which have much less sulfur.
As we can see, combating Acid Rain resulted in shifting to lower quality coal which requires more to burn, resulting in increased levels of CO2 pollution.Powder River Basin (PRB) coal is classified as "sub-bituminous" and contains an average of approximately 8,500 btu/lb, with low SO2. Contrast this with eastern, Appalachian bituminous coal containing an average of 12,500 btu/lb and high SO2. PRB coal was essentially worthless until air pollution emissions from power plants became a concern. A coal-fired plant designed to burn Appalachian coal must be modified to remove SO2 at a cost estimated in 1999 to be around $113 per ton of SO2 removal if it switches to burning PRB coal, and $322 per ton of SO2 removal by installing scrubbers
Powder River Basin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Clean Air Act (United States) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Chinese and Indians don't seem to care, but then again what would you expect from those countries. Depending on the sulfur/nitrogen levels in the coal they burn they are absolutely incurring acid rain on themselves and areas around them.
Last edited by Joby; 04-27-14 at 07:51 PM.
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