California has made great strides to wean itself off dirty coal. Last year, Los Angeles announced it would be coal free. Other utilities are going coal free too and California is on pace to eliminate coal entirely over the next ten years. The efforts to ditch coal have
ramifications for the country: as California goes, so goes the nation.
Now, all that progress to move California beyond coal is at risk, as the California Energy Commission considers building a new coal power plant outside Bakersfield, a region with arguably the dirtiest air in the country.
The coal industry is bending over backwards to call this a clean project, but the truth is anything but. The project would increase NOX pollution, particulate matter and other dangerous pollutants in a region that already can't come close to meeting the standards of the Clean Air Act. The project has issues beyond just dirty air. It will suck up 2.4 billion gallons of water each year, using water that would otherwise be used by local farmers. Developers would rail coal from a strip mine in New Mexico by diesel train to Kern County. The project is so massive and coal-intensive, it would be one of the 60 largest sources of carbon pollution in the state!
With your help, we can keep dirty coal out of California. Contact the CEC today.
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