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If you thought that the new efficiency standards for coal plants incorporated in the the American Clean Energy & Security Act would slow the construction of new carbon-spewing power plants, think again. Solve Climate points out that there are currently 43 new coal-fired power plants which are currently under construction or permitted to be built and won't have to meet these future emissions controls: New Plants Would Quadruple Recently Built Capacity
Though in the last eight years only 5,600 MW of new coal power-fired electric capacity was built in the United States, these new power plants will add collectively over 22,000 MW of capacity — and over their lifetimes will produced more than 150 million tons of CO2 emissions, author David Sassoon points out.
The House climate bill would require that new coal power plant capture and store at least half of their CO2 emissions by 2025.
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Sassoon goes much farther into how coal power plants have been grandfathered into US environmental legislation of previous occasions, so check it out: Solve Cliamte
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