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    I would just like to add something to this having to do with recent bill signed into law New Mexico. Very excited about this.

    Lujan Grisham signs landmark clean energy bill

    Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed sweeping energy legislation on Friday that calls for New Mexico’s major electric utilities to get 100 percent of their power from carbon emission-free sources by 2045.

    One of the most ambitious and contentious laws passed during the 60-day legislative session that ended a week ago, Senate Bill 489 also sets up a system for financing the Public Service Company of New Mexico’s closure of a coal power plant in the Four Corners and creates job training programs for the renewable energy industry while extending assistance to laid off coal workers.

    The bill’s critics have argued it will still leave PNM customers paying for the company’s investments in the coal industry and do nothing to save the jobs of workers in the sector. But an unlikely coalition of backers, which includes PNM as well as environmental groups and labor unions, views the legislation as a stride in transitioning to clean energy while boosting the expansion of an industry they say has room to grow under the state’s sunny skies and on its windy mesas.

    Signing the bill in the Rotunda of the state Capitol on Friday, the newly elected Democratic governor said the bill shows “states in fact can respond to the climate change crisis.”
    https://www.santafenewmexican.com/ne...20036657e.html

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    So where are the naysayers ? My guess is they are standing around a pot bellied coal stove in their cave.

    Electrifying news: Solar and wind power has quintupled in a decade
    Across the United States, workers are covering fields with solar panels, and big rigs are hauling massive turbine blades to wind-scoured ridgelines. This is what it looks like when renewable energy expands exponentially.
    The amount of renewable electricity generated in the United States has doubled in the last 10 years, according to number-crunching out Tuesday from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
    And as impressive as doubling in a decade is, it understates the case. Thatís because about 90 percent of that growth came from wind and solar: 57 million megawatt hours in 2008, and 301 million megawatt hours in 2018 ó increasing more than fivefold in a decade.
    17.6 percent of the countryís power now comes from renewables.
    Itís mainly electricity generated by hydroelectric dams (6.9 percent). Even after all that massive growth, wind only provides 6.5 percent and solar 2.3 percent of our electricity. Renewables like biomass and geothermal generate the last 1.9 percent.
    Nuclear plants (not considered renewable but, hey, no greenhouse gases!) provided 19 percent of U.S. electricity in 2018. The remaining 63.4 percent came from fossil fuels.
    Thatís just electricity. If we zoom out to include all energy (petroleum for cars, natural gas for furnaces and water heaters) itís a different picture: Renewables account for around 11 percent.
    https://grist.org/article/electrifyi...z2rY3ix65t8t3g
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    Good idea on what to do with an old, dirty and polluting coal fired power plant !

    Former coal-fired power plant in Ontario becomes solar facility
    The former Nanticoke Generating Station site, located on the northern shore of Lake Erie, has been transformed into a 44-megawatt clean energy facility that hosts 192,431 solar panels across 260 acres.
    The project has just been completed by PCL Construction, a company that was commissioned to design, engineer and build it, as well as supply the photovoltaic solar panels and racking system. Behind the idea and funding are Ontario Power Generation, the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
    The opening of the solar facility coincides with the one-year anniversary of the demolition of the Nanticoke 650-feet smokestacks. It has also been almost five years since the station burned its last piece of coal.
    In its heyday, the Nanticoke Generating Station was the largest coal-fired plant in North America, providing 15% of Ontario’s electricity. After serving the province for more than 40 years, it stopped using coal as fuel in 2013.
    Former coal-fired power plant in Ontario becomes solar facility | MINING.com
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    Even Disney World has solar power now.
    You know ... one of those new fangled changes that will never work ...

    Disney World's new solar farm is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom
    The sun beat down Thursday on another picturesque day worthy of a Sunshine State postcard.
    That’s excellent news for the new giant solar farm at Walt Disney World Resort, a facility on 270 sprawling acres that’s roughly the same size as two Magic Kingdoms put together.
    “It goes straight into powering the magic in our parks right now — as we speak, it’s happening,” said Angie Renner, environmental integration director at Disney parks. “We’re really proud of it.”
    At any moment, more than 500,000 panels that came online in December produce enough electricity to run two theme parks. Under pristine sunny conditions, up to 25 percent of Walt Disney World Resort runs on solar power, company officials said. It comes as the company seeks to reduce emissions by 50% in 2020 compared to its 2012 levels.
    It’s not Disney’s first foray into solar energy.
    In 2016, famous Mickey Mouse-shaped panels went up near Epcot.
    But not only is the new 50-megawatt farm considerably larger and more powerful, the panels move to follow the sun. The Mickey solar panels remain stuck in one position.
    https://www.orlandosentinel.com/trav...418-story.html

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    So exactly where are the naysayers ?
    Here is a country that sits on oil, yet they are smart enough to know the sun provides what oil does, only cleaner.

    $13.6B record-breaking solar park rises from Dubai desert
    Under the Arabian sun, a monumental construction effort is making headway. Located deep within Dubai's desert interior, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park -- named after the emirate's ruler and the UAE's vice president and prime minister -- continues to grow and has just passed another milestone.
    In its eighth year of development, satellite images give a sense of scale already: miles of photovoltaics arranged along neat east-west lines, their uniformity at odds with the creases and crinkles of the sands surrounding the energy plant. Once finished, Dubai Energy and Water Authority (DEWA) told CNN the 50 billion-dirham ($13.6 billion) investment could power as many as 1.3 million homes, reducing carbon emissions by 6.5 million tonnes annually.
    With a capacity of 1,963 megawatts, phases one to four alone put the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park high on the list of largest-capacity solar parks in development around the world. The Ladakh Solar Farm in India will produce 3,000 megawatts when operational in 2023, per the World Economic Forum. At the time of writing, the 1,547-megawatt Tengger Desert Solar Park in Ningxia, China is considered the largest operating photovoltaic park in the world.
    I don't see the United States mentioned. The resistance to change comes from the oil industry and lobbyists. And the naysayers that don't understand science.

    https://edition.cnn.com/style/articl...i-desert-intl/
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    https://www.oregonlive.com/environme...al-plants.html

    PacifiCorp study says it cheaper to close some coal plants

    PacifiCorp ratepayers could save nearly $250 million if the utility shut four coal-fired units in Wyoming by 2022 and replaced them with other resources, including solar, battery storage, a natural gas-fired plant and wholesale market purchases, according to a new study of the companyís coal fleet.

    The company says it hasnít made any final decisions. But based on the results of the study, the action plan could include the closure of the remaining two coal-fired boilers at the companyís Naughton Power plant, and two of the four coal units at its Jim Bridger coal plant Ė both in Wyoming. Thatís more than 1,000 megawatts of generation that PacifiCorp would need to replace, but the study suggests thatís a far cheaper course than keeping them running.
    Didn't the Liar-in-Chief tell us coal is coming back?
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    We are losing one of the last coal fired generating plants in New Jersey. The plant has been off-line and sitting on stand-by in case it was needed. But the end is here. It will be decommissioned. The rail tracks the cut down to Beesley's Point will be idled for the most part with no long coal trains heading down to the shore anymore.
    ( Beesley's Point generating station, as it was known, along with the name B.L. England station, was my last stop furthest south when I ran P&D route for CF. I ran to the shore points south of Atlantic City to Sea Isle city and points in between. The station was a weekly stop for mechanical supplies and such. )

    N.J. coal plant retiring, imperiling pipeline plan while boosting offshore wind
    One of New Jersey’s last coal-burning power plants is set to cease operations Wednesday, according to Upper Township Mayor Rich Palombo. Its demise puts in doubt a controversial natural gas pipeline project, but it creates an opening for the state’s nascent offshore wind industry.
    The closure of the B.L. England plant in the Cape May County municipality comes a few months after plans were scuttled to convert it to natural gas, which would have been delivered via a 22-mile pipeline from Maurice River Township in Cumberland County.
    But the plant could soon be reborn as a site where energy generated by offshore wind turbines could be fed onto the electric grid, creating a whole new set of jobs
    The Danish offshore wind company Orsted has been eyeing both B.L. England and the Oyster Creek nuclear plant in Lacey Township, which shut down in September, as part of its plan to build New Jersey’s first offshore wind farm 15 miles off the coast of Atlantic City.
    https://whyy.org/articles/nj-coal-pl...hore-wind/amp/
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    This country was the leader in everything. Technology to medicine to industry, and everything in between. Now other countries have taken the ball and moved on the energy revolution. We have clowns that think coal is still the energy choice of today. It is, for a third world country.
    For all the talk of making America great again, that won't happen using 19th century technology.

    Chile to close eight coal-fired power stations
    Chile announced Tuesday it would close eight coal-fired power stations over the next five years as part of a plan to switch entirely to renewable energy by 2040.
    The closures, announced by Chile's conservative President Sebastian Pinera, account for 20 percent of the country's energy capacity, or 23,000 megawatts.
    About 40 percent of Chile's electricity generation comes from 28 coal-fired power stations. The goal is to replace them all by 2040 and become fully carbon-neutral by 2050.
    The South American country will host the 25th UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, in December.
    Chile stepped in to host COP25 after Brazil withdrew following the election of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, a notorious climate change skeptic.
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/chile-clo...215743419.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by fxstc07 View Post
    This country was the leader in everything. Technology to medicine to industry, and everything in between. Now other countries have taken the ball and moved on the energy revolution. We have clowns that think coal is still the energy choice of today. It is, for a third world country.
    For all the talk of making America great again, that won't happen using 19th century technology.

    Chile to close eight coal-fired power stations




    https://www.yahoo.com/news/chile-clo...215743419.html
    Along with this, all you have to do is look at our crumbling infrastructure and homeless people everywhere to see we are not much of a leader anymore in much of anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Along with this, all you have to do is look at our crumbling infrastructure and homeless people everywhere to see we are not much of a leader anymore in much of anything.
    We do lead in 2 categories from a Presidential standpoint ...Destroying relations with allies and destroying the ozone with hair spray.......

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