Monday, April 28, 2008

Midwest Monday: NASA Scientist Tells MN Governor to Oppose Coal Plant

NASA scientist Dr. James Hansen (director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies and big global warming guy) wrote a letter to Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) asking him to oppose the Big Stone II coal plant, being proposed near Milbank, SD. The plant is proposed for SD because that state has more lenient pollution laws than Minnesota, although the plant would supply power to Minnesotans.

From the Star Tribune:
"'A strong, clear public statement by you against proceeding with construction of Big Stone II could be a turning point for Minnesota,' Hansen wrote. 'It would provide a boost toward a future focused on renewable energies and energy efficiency, and the high-quality jobs that will be associated with that direction.'

Hansen said he has also leaned on leaders in other countries and states to halt new coal plants. Phasing out coal-based power, he wrote, 'is 80 percent of the solution to the global warming crisis.' More than 100 coal-fired plants are under consideration around the U.S. In a March report, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said CO2 emissions from electric power plants increased 11 percent since 1997 and that those plants "are making an already dire situation worse."
Listen to a press call with Dr. Hansen.


Jim's Words Music and Science said...

Thanks for the great post! BEst wishes, Jim

Jim's Words Music and Science said...

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