Part of President Obama’s plan to fight climate change includes closing down 140 existing coal fueled power plants. The plan calls for a shift from carbon emitting sources of energy to more efficient renewable source that will do less to affect the climate.
Impact of government action:
- 140 coal plants closed
- Those plants account for only 4 percent of all CO2 emitted last year by U.S. coal plants
- Coal facilities will provide 30 percent of the nations’ electricity
- Down from 52 percent in 2000
- 35,000 to 38,000 coal industry jobs lost
According to USA TODAY:
The electric power industry’s plan to retire more than 10 percent of its coal-fired generators within a decade will do almost nothing to reduce emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide.