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Environmentalists praise Georgia decision against coal-fired plant

July 1, 2008


— Environmentalists on Tuesday praised a Georgia court's decision to invalidate a permit for a coal-fired power plant, saying the ruling represented a crucial follow up to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a huge coal-burning project in Kansas.

"This decision mirrors the current momentum in Kansas, which is embracing clean, renewable forms of energy," said, Stephanie Cole, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Sierra Club.

"There is growing recognition that carbon dioxide is harmful and will impact our future. Coal plants will now be more accountable for their pollutants," Cole said.

On Monday, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore reversed an air permit for a 1,200 megawatt coal-burning power plant. She said the Georgia permitting agency should have considered the effects of carbon dioxide emissions, a greenhouse gas blamed for climate change.

In April 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling recognizing that carbon dioxide is a pollutant under the federal Clean Air Act. The Georgia decision represents the first time any court has applied that ruling to an industrial source, environmentalists said.

"Coal-fired power plants emit more than 30 percent of our nation's global warming pollution," said Bruce Nilles, director of the Sierra Club's National Coal Campaign. "Thanks to this decision, coal plants across the country will be forced to live up to their clean coal rhetoric."

He said the ruling will have far reaching effects and should influence permits for all new coal-fired power plants.

The Georgia decision halts the construction of Dynegy's Longleaf coal-fired power plant..

In Kansas, officials are battling over a proposal to build two 700-megawatt coal-burning plants in southwestern Kansas. Sebelius has vetoed legislation that would require construction of the plants, citing environmental concerns.


Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 11 months ago

Environmentalists = ecoterrorists. Sierra Club = "everyone back in your Neanderthal caves.Pushing for technology that does not yet exist, yet obstruting common sence needs for electric power. These people need to get a life in the realm of cold, hard (and dark) reality.

cato_the_elder 9 years, 11 months ago

This is merely a decision by one lower court judge. The Georgia appellate court system will have the final say, and whether the ultimate decision is based on the law, or instead on politics, will depend on the respective judicial philosophies of those on the bench.

tunahelper 9 years, 11 months ago

prune is wrong. the technology is there, but sebelius and the enviro-whackos got Sunflower denied a permit. Sunflower didn't even get a change to show the new CLEAN technology. BTW, volcanoes are the largest emitter of carbon dioxide on the planet. Nobama, keep the change.

OnlyTheOne 9 years, 11 months ago

Da*( Kansas is on the leading edge of something. That's scary.

Bruce Rist 9 years, 11 months ago

Are the tree-huggers going to go after Germany next? Nope! Everything Europe does is right and everything the US does is wrong.,2144,2396828,00.html

cato_the_elder 9 years, 11 months ago

No, Bozo, no flight patterns - the Dodo is extinct, as will be the religion of "global warming" in the near future after the phony "science" is thoroughly debunked and common sense takes over. By the way, if you want to see a Dodo and looking in the mirror will not suffice, you can see a taxidermic replica of one in the British Museum.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 9 years, 11 months ago

The flight patterns of you pollution worshippers is really beginning to resemble that of a dodo bird.

BigPrune 9 years, 11 months ago

To paraphrase Harry Reid: Coal and oil are the root of all evil. They are poisons that make us sick. We take the sick pollutant that is buried, and we take it from the earth and send it into the atmosphere so we can breath it and get skin cancer from global warming.This guy got elected just like Sebelius. No wonder the United States ranks so low in industrialized nations when it pertains to education.

Sean Livingstone 9 years, 11 months ago

Sadly, some people think that when one tries to protect the environment, he/she is a hippy or tree hugger. Not really. Of course, some live on the tree just to protect one or two trees from being cut down. The honest truth is that most people want to protect our living environment, those who do not want to do it are simply ignorant (the out of sight, out of mind mentality).

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