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The Oregonian
April 15, 2012

How Oregon can generate a low-carbon future by going coal-free

Last month the Environmental Protection Agency set carbon emissions limits on new coal plants. Environmental groups swooned. Coal executives ground their teeth. It's progress, sort of. The EPA announcement, while welcome, contrasts sharply with last year's decision, by Portland General Electric and the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, to terminate coal operations at the Boardman power plant by 2020.

The Boardman decision, arrived at collaboratively, moves Oregon decisively toward a reliable, low-carbon, coal-free power system. The EPA's new rule is a largely empty gesture that affects only new conventional coal plants -- although no one is proposing to build these anymore. Effectively, the EPA is closing the barn door after the livestock have all whinnied, mooed and grunted their way out.

 


 

Read Angus Duncan's entire Op Ed in The Oregonian at:
http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2012/04/how_oregon_can_generate_a_low-.html

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