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Photos: The 100 dirtiest power plants in America -- including two in Colorado

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Big photos and more below.
At this hour, Environment Colorado is issuing "America's Dirtiest Power Plants," an eye-opening report (see it below) that includes the organization's picks for the one-hundred most-polluting facilities in the country -- and two from Colorado make the less-than-proud cut. An Environment Colorado rep notes that the data is timely given what many scientists see as a link between pollutants and events like this month's devastating flooding in the state. But she stresses that the proximity of the report's release to the ecological disaster was coincidental.

"The report has been in the works for a long time," says Margaret McCall, an energy associate with Environment Colorado. Moreover, she stresses that making the announcement right after the floods "is something we've been thinking about a lot. It's hard to negotiate a situation like this. The report's coming out now because this Friday, the EPA [Environmental Protection Agency] is set to announce standards for new power plants. But the flooding is a sad reminder that these things are happening all the time."

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A screen capture of a Rockport plant photo by Keith Syvinski as featured in the Environment Colorado report. It's number eleven on the top 100 list.
The following excerpt from the report's executive summary establishes the tenor of the document. It reads in part:
Global warming is one of the most profound threats of our time, and we're already starting to feel the impacts -- especially when it comes to extreme weather. From Hurricane Sandy to devastating droughts and deadly heat waves, extreme weather events threaten our safety, our health and our environment, and scientists predict things
will only get worse for future generations unless we cut the dangerous global warming pollution that is fueling the problem. Power plants are the largest source of global warming pollution in the United States, responsible for 41 percent of the nation's
production of carbon dioxide pollution, the leading greenhouse gas driving global warming.

America's power plants are among the most significant sources of carbon dioxide pollution in the world. The 50 most-polluting U.S. power plants emit more than 2 percent of the world's energy-related carbon dioxide pollution -- or more pollution than every nation except six worldwide.

Also included are graphics like this one, which establishes the role of power plants in America's overall carbon output....

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...and an illustrated comparison of carbon dioxide pollution emitted by the fifty dirtiest power plants to other countries:

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Still, the grabbiest part of the presentation is likely the list of the one-hundred most polluting power plants, led by the Georgia Power Company's Scherer facility, a coal-powered plant responsible for 21.3 metric tons of emissions per annum according to 2011 figures -- the equivalent of 4.44 million vehicles.

What about Colorado plants?

Continue for more about the dirtiest power plants report, including another photo and the complete document.



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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"Global warming is one of the most profound threats of our time."

("Human caused") Global Warming is the Reefer Madness of our time, and you're not helping.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"An Environment Colorado rep notes that the data is timely given what many scientists see as a link between pollutants and events like this month's devastating flooding in the state."

See what I mean? You were laughing at the right wing (Beck) a few days ago, for a nonsensical connection between the DC shooting, the flooding in Boulder and the end times. Now, by all rights, it should be time to laugh at the leftists (let me guess--you're one) for connecting the flooding to "pollutants."

Can't you see you look just as retarded as Beck?

Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon

Amazing. 4 corners was bad when I was in college in the 70's, and it's still #15

Fred Kaplan
Fred Kaplan

I have noticed that the POLUTION stats have NOT been appearing on any news program for atleast 6 months. I also miss the pollen reports. Although I have seen some warning during the heat for those with heart condition etc.

Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore

So, a few things here… First, if the Colorado power plants had any effect on the flooding don’t you think that China would have been washed away long ago in floods? I highly doubt that the power plants had any effect on the weather. Second, I question a lot of the information in this report… Are these hard cold facts or are these the opinions of this environmental group? The wording makes some this questionable on whether it’s fact or opinion. Third, do you like electricity in your home? I mean honestly who can say that they would be fine without electricity? Didn’t the agency who produced this report have to use electricity to produce this report? I bet the people employed by this agency couldn’t go without electricity, at least not for long. Part of the problem for the flood victims is the fact that electricity and phone lines have been knocked out to the area. People don’t have electric and that causes problems, big problems. Can we produce electricity without coal? Yes, but at what price to our environment? Solar takes an incredible amount of land, example: solar to produce the same amount of electricity as Tri-State it would blanket almost our entire county (millions of acres) in solar panels… tell me that wouldn’t have a negative impact on our land. Gas… well there are many arguments about the environmental effects of drilling and fracking etc. Tri-State being listed as the most polluting plant in Colorado probably has some truth to it, it happens to be the largest plant in the state. If you take the numbers that this environmental agency is using for this “data” and compare those numbers with the output of electricity and compare that to other plants you’ll find Tri-State to be a very clean plant. Northwest Colorado, where Tri-State is located and where the plant gets their coal from, happens to have some of the cleanest coal in the USA. Above and beyond the coal they use in their plant I invite everyone to take a look at the standards of Tri-State. This plant goes above and beyond the EPA standards every time the standards are raised. They go into outage almost annually in order to use the newest and best technology that will provide the cleanest possible method of producing electricity. The last thing I would like to point out is the job opportunities that Tri-State offers the residents of Craig and the rest of Colorado. In economic times where jobs are scarce and high paying jobs are few and far in between Tri-State (and the coal mines in NW CO) have provided great jobs with great benefits to our residents. Craig did take a bit of a hit during these times of economic hardship, but we didn’t get hit nearly as hard as most of the places in the country. Not to mention that they do outages at the plant regularly and that creates more jobs.

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

And they have the favor of the government, aka New World Order.

Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans

TOP ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS THE MEDIA MOSTLY IGNORES: 1.) Corporate/government/military toxic waste pollution 2.) nuclear waste 3.) industrial pollutants 4.) open air experimentation and pollination of genetically modified organisms

commentor99
commentor99

Move on. No one needs to give a fig about carbon footprints.  We need CO2.  Hurricane Sandy was a conflux of 3 simultaneous events.  Very rare.  We have nearly the lowest hurricane season ever.  This is all BS, funded by G.Soros and his ilk who only want bigger government, higher utility bills, more control.  Margaret McCall = another whiney liar, joins the ranks of Lois Lerner, Holly Paz, etc.  More posts like these and I will definitely cancel my "Like" of Denver Westword.

Craig Weikum
Craig Weikum

and you still have to get your emissions checked, wtf

Dylan Brown
Dylan Brown

Ouch! Shannon Moore needs to read this. Did not realize Tri State in Craig was so bad:(

gman9797
gman9797

Yeah. I wanna see how much you complain when you turn that light switch on and nothig happens!! or your furnace dont come on in the winter, the air conditioner in the summer..... but i guess you gotta complain about something..... Oh and as for wind and solar what are ya gonna do if the wind dont blow and the sun dont shine??

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Douglas Evans Don't confuse modern day Reefer Madness types with the facts.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Douglas Evans Thanks for sharing your thoughts and the link, Douglas. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@commentor99 Thanks for sharing your thoughts, commentator99. We're going to make your post an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Craig Weikum Good point, Craig. Thanks for posting.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Ellen Kessler One word that speaks volumes. Thanks for the post, Ellen.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@BackOffImStarving 

It seems, basically, that green is the new red. That's a pity, because everyone should want what they want (clean air, water, a home that will last millions more years) but not the "one best way" they want to to do it, as a money loser with your money, and still chock full of pollution.

That's one of the thing I hate about "electric cars." It doesn't really change the equation much. People are even prouder of their "plug-in" hybrids than the originals, yet they've got some really nasty crap in their batteries, which is from a very polluting manufacturing process, and then when they need to be replaced, there's the caustic waste. Out of sight, out of leftist minds.

If you're SERIOUS about the next generation, make it hydrogen, and bridge the gap in hydrogen production from renewables with natural gas hydrogen production, which is at least comparatively kind to the environment.

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