The Associated Press reports that a power plant in Georgia emits more greenhouse gases than any other source in the United States. From the WMAZ-TV website:
The most detailed data yet on emissions of heat-trapping gases show that U.S. power plants are responsible for the bulk of
the emissions blamed for global warming.
And the power plant that emits the most greenhouse gases in the U.S. is Plant Scherer in Juliette. The plant is operated by Southern Company .
The coal-fired plant reported releasing nearly 23 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, in 2010.
This should not be a surprise. Plant Scherer is the largest coal-fired power plant in the Western Hemisphere, the fifth largest power plant in the US of all types, and produces 3,500 megawatts of power. It takes three train-loads of coal per day to fuel the the coal-fired power plant which has a turbine room approximately a mile long.
Southern Company operates the plant through its subsidiary Georgia Power. Georgia Power employess about 9,000 people throughout Georgia, servicing 2.25 million customers with electricity.
Almost exactly two-thirds of Georgia’s electricity is generated by coal-fired power plants and the attention brought to Plant Scherer cannot be considered good for the state. The reconstituted idiocy of carbon tax credits may yet raise its insider-enriching head again. If so, Georgia is in deep trouble. Removing the energy tax from manufacturing is great, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to the state’s potential damages if carbon-tax credits, by any name, become federal law.
Remember that Georgia sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back in October over the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule which is the Return of the Son of Carbon Tax Credits done on a state scale. Under the EPA plan, Georgia would be forced to buy “emission allowances” from other states.
It’s past time for some additional nuclear-powered energy plants, don’t you think?