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From 2011 and 2019, 121 U.S. coal-fired power plants were repurposed to burn other types of fuels and 103 of which were converted to or replaced by natural gas-fired plants, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). The utility with the most conversions was Alabama Power Co., which converted 10 generators located at four coal plants in Alabama, totaling 1.9 GW of capacity. More conversions are expected as the US tries to lower its fossil fuel emissions. What do you think of the progress make in this area? What else would you like to see done?

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Bob Meinetz on Aug 14, 2020

Honestly Paul, it's disappointing to see new gas capacity being installed in 2020, even if it replaces coal.

The US is not trying to lower its fossil fuel emissions as much as individual states are, and with 100,000-year changes to climate already baked in, it seems to me incredibly self-serving for citizens of the most privileged nations on Earth to commit to any new fossil fuel resources. We're not only sealing the fate of thousands of generations going forward, but guaranteeing the extinction of one-third of extant species. Ocean acidification from CO2 threatens plankton, the base of the ocean food chain, with extinction by 2040. For the 3 billion people who depend on seafood to survive, it's all downhill from there. 

From 1974-1986 France almost completely decarbonized its electricity, with nuclear energy and large hydro. It can be done, but it must be led by the federal government with support from the president and Congress. Putting solar panels on our roofs - attempting to solve global problems with local solutions - is a recipe for disaster.

I'm sometimes accused of alarmism. My response is, "OK, you're on an airplane and you happen to be seated next to a commercial pilot. If the plane starts shaking and he's still reading his magazine, you're probably OK. But if he puts down the magazine, looks out the window, then goes forward to speak to the steward, you might want to fasten your seatbelt."

Now, the world's top climatologists are uneasy. James Hansen (Columbia) says of Atlantic superstorms predicted for the near future: "All hell will break loose." Kerry Emanuel (MIT) says, "Of all the effects of climate change, mass starvation and the potential for armed conflict are what keep me up at night." When climate experts believe we're at a watershed moment in the Earth's history, you might want to fasten your seatbelt.

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