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Regarding Syd S. Peng’s March 18 Perspectives piece (“Champion Clean Coal: The EPA Is Stifling Realistic Climate-Change Policies”):

It is one thing to say that if the rest of the world is building new coal plants, the United States should too, but it is just flatly wrong to describe fluidized bed combustion as an “advanced coal-burning process.” Fluidized bed combustion was first used in Pennsylvania at the Kimberly-Clark coal waste power plant in Chester, Pa., in 1987. It was new at the time, but certainly not clean. Twenty-seven years later this coal waste plant continues to receive air quality violations from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

The United States, and Pennsylvania specifically, led the industrial revolution with coal power. Now that we know temperature has increased and sea level has risen 8 inches since 1880 because of carbon dioxide emissions from industrial sources, the United States needs to be the leader in emissions reduction. The best way to lower emissions is to conserve electricity and find renewable sources.

Congress should stop wasting its time trying to stifle the Environmental Protection Agency’s long-overdue limits on carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing power plants and start working on solutions to our climate crisis.

Advocacy Coordinator
Clean Air Council

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