It’s just nature, maybe nobody will notice

Very interesting story in the Las Vegas Sun today about a proposed coal power plant in White Pine County. The National Park Service has written a strongly worded letter saying the proposed plant could ruin The Great Basin National Park thanks to the “tons of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emitted” could acidify lakes (killing cutthroat trout), damage the aquatic food chain, and harm trees causing deforestation and forest fires.

If the power plant developer wants to be situated near a national park, “it should assume a burden of protecting the resources in that park from the effects of its operations,” the Park Service said in an unsigned report. “That may mean ‘going the extra mile’ to employ advanced … pollution control technology. If (the builder) is not willing to do so, it should consider an alternate location.”

I think if I lived in White Pine County I’d feel a little under attack these days what with the park-killing coal power plant proposals and the Southern Nevada water grab. It suddenly feels like a dangerous time to live in the rural part of Nevada. Everything is a sacrificial lamb for progress elsewhere. But at what cost?

4 thoughts on “It’s just nature, maybe nobody will notice

  1. It’s especially sad considering Nevada has enough renewable energy resources to power the Western Sea Board.

  2. Yeah, what ever happened to enforcing our renewable energy portfolio. Oh I forgot, that would cut into energy conglomerate profits.

    And what I didn’t have time to mention earlier is my frustration with the “green washing” campaign of companies that use so-called “clean coal.” The concept of clean coal is a total crock and, as of yet, still mostly theoretical. According to the DOE, only six projects in the entire NATION are involved with the government-subsidized plan to study “clean coal,” which is just another way to say that they are trying to eliminate some of the harmful emissions. The coal isn’t different, it’s just subtle differences in the processing. But so far, nobody knows if it even works. And of the six projects in play, only three are operational. And the emission standards for these project plants don’t go into full effect until 2018, so it will be some time before we even know if it does what it’s supposed to do. (Meanwhile, companies can falsly advertise that they have “eco-magination” and other green-washed rhetoric claiming they are doing their part to make the earth less toxic.)

  3. The White Pine Energy Station is one of three coal plants proposed in Nevada. As part of the planning process, Environmental Impact Statements need to be prepared to explain the extent of the damage these new plants will have on our natural surroundings. These reports have to be made available to the public, and are usually accompanied by a public meeting. While meetings were scheduled in Ely and Reno, no meeting to discuss these reports was made available to Las Vegas…until the Sierra Club stepped in. Now there will be a special meeting to discuss the coal plant’s draft environmental impact statement. It will be at:

    Bureau of Land Management Office
    4701 North Torrey Pines Drive
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89130

    We should get as many people as we can to go and voice their opposition to not only this power plant, but to all coal-fired power plants!

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