Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Coal


A bill was introduced yesterday in the Colorado State Legislature that will allow Excel to shut down coal fired plants and replace the boilers with natural gas. Xcel supports the bill because it will remove them from having to comply with Federal Clean Air Standards that they cannot meet. Keep in mind that when Xcel's costs go up we pay the bill so in the short term this is a good bill. In the long term I am not so sure. One issue is how long can they stay on Natural Gas before they have to go to other sources of energy. I am the Chairman of the Legislative Committee of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club. I am reminded of the saying, "Cutting off your nose to spite your face." Are we getting a little now in favor of a lot less later. I am also reminded of, "Having your cake and eating it too." I think that Xcel is having their cake and I am not sure that I am getting any.

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