Texas Leads The "Filthy 15"!! Ummm, Yay?
In case you were worrying that the air in Texas was getting too clean and all, you can rest assured it's not.
Now it's coal ash that has the greenies up in arms.
The National Resources Defense Council has released a list of states that are proposing to build enough new coal plants to produce 14 million tons of what they call "dangerous waste." As a sideline, the plants will also produce electricity.
And Texas is Number One on the list!! Hurrah!! (Cough. Hack up black mucus.)
There is a debate over just how bad coal plants are, but the NRDC's Peter Lehner comes down pretty clearly on the "very bad" side.
"There are cleaner, safer and more sustainable energy choices available," said Lehner. "America should be moving toward energy efficiency and renewable energy sources that will drive our economic recovery and meet the challenges of the 21st Century."
Anyway, here's the NRDC list of the "Filthy 15":
Texas (8 proposed plants, 4,093,087 tons of coal ash waste)
South Dakota (2 plants and 952,630 tons)
Florida (3 and 911,118)
Nevada (3 and 888,272)
Montana (3 and 848,278)
Illinois (4 and 797,450)
South Carolina (2 and 731,110)
Ohio (3 and 711,616)
Wyoming (5 and 697,850)
Michigan (5 and 686,897)
Kentucky (4 and 593,662)
Missouri (4 and 515,709)
Wisconsin (3 and 507,952)
Georgia (2 and 445,202)
West Virginia (3 and 430,275).
Four times more waste than the Number Two state? Texas in the (coal-blackened) hizzay!
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