Plan for Ga. coal plant dropped

Monday, Dec. 12, 2011 12:45 PM
Last updated 8:50 PM
  • Follow Metro

ATLANTA — An energy company is dropping its bid to build Georgia’s first new coal-fired plant in years amid opposition from environmental groups, who say it would produce too much pollution.

LS Power Vice President Mike Vogt said Monday that his company will abandon plans to build the $2 billion Longleaf Energy Plant in southwest Georgia.

That decision is part of a settlement in a lawsuit focusing on a coal-fired power plant the firm is building in Texas. Vogt said a bad economy, lack of electricity buyers and competition from other proposed plants made the project difficult in Georgia.

Environmentalists have sought to derail the plant since it was proposed a decade ago. Justine Thompson of GreenLaw said the plant would have created a “staggering” amount of carbon dioxide pollution.

Comments (14)

Add comment
ADVISORY: Users are solely responsible for opinions they post here and for following agreed-upon rules of civility. Posts and comments do not reflect the views of this site. Posts and comments are automatically checked for inappropriate language, but readers might find some comments offensive or inaccurate. If you believe a comment violates our rules, click the "Flag as offensive" link below the comment.
burninater
6809
Points
burninater 12/12/11 - 02:04 pm
0
0

"Vogt said a bad economy,

"Vogt said a bad economy, lack of electricity buyers and competition from other proposed plants made the project difficult in Georgia".

Now why does the AC devote two of the four paragraphs of this article to assert that environmental activism derailed this project? The developer stated clearly why the project isn't going forward, and environmental opposition was not one of the reasons.

I think someone could use a continuing education class on ethical journalism. Just a little refresher, if you will.

Little Lamb
40161
Points
Little Lamb 12/12/11 - 02:13 pm
0
0

Burn, the story was written

Burn, the story was written by an anonymous writer from Associated Press, a notoriously liberal news organization. The reason they devoted so much space to environmental opposition was that they were crowing.

I feel I must correct the wrong notion of Justine Thompson (an environmental whacko) when she says that carbon dioxide is a pollutant. Carbon dioxide is a natural component of our atmosphere and it is the main building block of all plant life and animal life. Without carbon dioxide all life on the planet would cease.

Little Lamb
40161
Points
Little Lamb 12/12/11 - 02:15 pm
0
0

I hope the company trying to

I hope the company trying to build the coal power plant in Washington County near here can hang in there and "git 'er done." They're fighting an uphill battle with the Obama administration.

burninater
6809
Points
burninater 12/12/11 - 02:29 pm
0
0

Thanks for the AP info, LL.

Thanks for the AP info, LL. The mobile site doesn't show bylines. Stories like this make me seriously doubt the "liberal media" notoriety. This story is deliberately designed to misdirect blame towards environmentalism when this appears to have been a function of economics.

bjphysics
36
Points
bjphysics 12/12/11 - 02:33 pm
0
0

“carbon dioxide pollution”?

“carbon dioxide pollution”? No such thing; just another distortion of language for partisan purposes, not science.

justthefacts
17993
Points
justthefacts 12/12/11 - 02:37 pm
0
0

http://green-law.org/Longleaf

http://green-law.org/Longleaf
Little Lamb's synopsis seems more plausible.

burninater
6809
Points
burninater 12/12/11 - 02:39 pm
0
0

LL, the exact argument you

LL, the exact argument you make for CO2 can be made for sulfur and chlorine: both found naturally in our atmosphere, both essential for life on earth. It doesn't follow from these characteristics that it is therefore healthy, prudent, or wise to release unregulated amounts of these molecules into the atmosphere.

burninater
6809
Points
burninater 12/12/11 - 02:49 pm
0
0

Interesting, I didn't think

Interesting, I didn't think about the crowing angle. Thanks for the press release,bj. I wonder if the Vogt statement was to minimize the Texas settlement, or if Sierra Club was tricked into believing they had achieved a victory while Vogt had planned on dropping construction plans all along?

bjphysics
36
Points
bjphysics 12/12/11 - 03:01 pm
0
0

burninater: “Thanks for the

burninater: “Thanks for the press release,bj.”

What press release?

burninater
6809
Points
burninater 12/12/11 - 03:07 pm
0
0

The green-law.org article you

The green-law.org article you linked above.

burninater
6809
Points
burninater 12/12/11 - 03:24 pm
0
0

Oops, nevermind bj, that was

Oops, nevermind bj, that was jtf. Jtf, thanks for posting the press release!

justthefacts
17993
Points
justthefacts 12/12/11 - 03:29 pm
0
0

You're welcome.

You're welcome.

swcohen
483
Points
swcohen 12/12/11 - 07:43 pm
0
0

So clean air is a Communist

So clean air is a Communist plot? What do you expect your grandchildren to breathe?

Deny it all you want, but the simple fact is that we have to quit burning coal. I'd much rather have a nuclear plant in my back yard than another coal fired plant.

Take a tour of Plant Urquhart down on the east end of Beech Island, see if that'll change YOUR opinion.

Pu239
284
Points
Pu239 12/12/11 - 09:38 pm
0
0

hmmmm....didn't Urquhart

Unpublished

hmmmm....didn't Urquhart convert 2 units to NG fired in 2000? I guess those 2 GT must really burn dirty....

harley_52
19546
Points
harley_52 12/13/11 - 11:11 am
0
0

swcohen said "So clean air is

swcohen said "So clean air is a Communist plot? What do you expect your grandchildren to breathe?"

I'd consider it more a liberal hoax than a Communist plot, although I could easily be persuaded your way.

I expect my grandchildren to breathe clean air. It's getting cleaner all the time. Have you heard about all the new technology associated with coal?

Then swcohen said "Deny it all you want, but the simple fact is that we have to quit burning coal."

That's not a fact at all. It's a misguided opinion. How can you confuse it with a "fact?"

Then swcohen said "I'd much rather have a nuclear plant in my back yard than another coal fired plant."

That's another opinion. I'd probably agree.

Back to Top

Loading...