Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters.Power companies retired or converted roughly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity generation, enough to power about 15 million homes, according to the data, which included preliminary statistics from the Energy Information Administration and Reuters reporting. That was second only to the record 19,300 MW shut in 2015 during President Barack Obama’s administration.The replacement of coal with power generation from natural gas and renewables has cut total U.S. carbon emissions in four of the past five years. Gas emits about half the carbon dioxide, a leading contributor to global warming, as coal.The coal industry has been in steep decline for a decade due to competition from cheap and abundant gas and subsidized solar and wind energy, along with rising public concern over coal’s contribution to climate change.Trump has downplayed climate change threats and sought to revive the coal industry to fulfill pledges to voters in coal mining states like West Virginia and Wyoming, mainly by rolling back Obama-era environmental protections. Still, since entering office in 2017, an estimated 39,000 MW of coal-fired power plant capacity has shut.If that trend continues, more coal plants will have shut during the first four years (2017-2020) of the Trump administration – an estimated 46,600 MW – than during Obama’s second term (2013-2016) – around 43,100 MW.[Scott DiSavino]More: U.S. coal-fired power plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge of support for industry Reuters: U.S. coal plant closures topped 15GW in 2019last_img read more

BLOG: We Owe It To Our Kids

first_imgBLOG: We Owe It To Our Kids Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Budget News,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Last week my husband received a budget from the state legislature that falls woefully short of the commitment we have to properly fund our public schools. It fails the people of Pennsylvania, but most importantly, it fails the children of Pennsylvania.I visited schools across the commonwealth earlier this year. I met with teachers and administrators, and talked with students in the classroom – and saw the same thing in every single school I visited: motivated students and dedicated teachers who simply don’t have the resources they need to succeed.As I have said, Tom and I take education very seriously. As parents of children who were raised in Pennsylvania public schools, this is an issue that hits home for us. We have seen firsthand what it takes to deliver a quality public education to our children.That is why my husband used his executive authority to veto parts of the budget that was sent to his desk. He took this action to ensure a more responsible budget, while also taking the steps needed to send our schools the emergency funding owed to them through December 31.The budget he received cuts $95 million from schools, instead of making the historic investments in education that the children of Pennsylvania deserve. This budget continues the trend of underfunding our schools, which is simply unacceptable.A quality public education system is at the very core of everything we want to achieve as a state. It will help Pennsylvania attract new businesses, retain talent, and grow the middle class. It is crucial to our potential economic growth.That is why the legislature needs to get back to work and provide the early childhood, special education, basic education, and higher education funding that our children and Pennsylvania need for a better future. SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img January 01, 2016 By: First Lady Frances Wolflast_img read more