|Dom Galeon reports that signs that fossil fuels are on the decline are everywhere. For one, nations are keen on cutting down their fossil fuel consumption. Then there is the growing solar energy business that is looking to overtake coal? The technology industry is also taking steps to ensure the demise of fossil fuels. And, in perhaps one of the clearest signs of decline, the Navajo Generating Station near Page, Arizona, announced that it will be closing by 2019, more than two decades ahead of its EPA-mandated 2044 shutdown.|
The Navajo station is the largest coal-fire power plant in the western United States, and is the seventh largest individual contributor to climate pollution in the country. Its shut down will greatly reduce the U.S. carbon footprint by eliminating the 14 million metric tons of carbon dioxide it has put out every year. It will also potentially save more than $127 million a year in health expenses.
Another advantage of the plant closure is that the water it has been guzzling may soon be available as drinking water, which will be a significant win for the Navajo people, according to Percy Deal from local Navajo environmental group Dine Care. That 31,000 acre-feet of water used by the coal plant is Navajo water, and for almost 50 years now, Navajos have not been able to use it?
The Navajo power plant is just one in a growing trend of closures. The Tennessee Valley Authority has closed down three fossil fuel plants since 2011. Duke Energy has closed down 12 coal plants in the span of five years, with another one scheduled to cease operations by 2020. And by 2018, two large coal plants in Ohio operated by Dayton Power and Light are set to close to make way for new solar and wind projects? But reality will prevail.
Note that this article is an example of pure media bias, albeit subtle, where Galeon pushes renewable energy, while not acknowledging the growing role of nuclear power. For more, see: http://bit.ly/2m6Hqsj