Two Entergy Arkansas Coal Plants Ranked on List of Nation's 'Dirtiest'

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 12:00 am  

“When I think about the president’s above-all policy, he wants fuel diversity and security,” Barlow said. “It makes sense to us to look at the fleetwide average. We’ve got coal plants with big emissions, but nuclear plants with less.”

He said he’d also like for states to have a healthy amount of flexibility.

“This issue differs a lot in different parts of the country,” he said. “Requiring renewable in Colorado may be a great idea. Or in North Dakota with wind, or Arizona with solar. But in the mid-South we don’t have anywhere near those types of renewable resources.”

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality said that once the EPA “issues its guidance we would tailor our regulations accordingly,” a spokeswoman said.

In the end, it’s likely that Arkansas’ carbon-heavy coal plants are here to stay. But Barlow noted that even if all 50 plants featured in the study were shut down, 98 percent of the world’s carbon emissions would remain.

“You’ve got to put this in context,” he said. “When you talk about shutting down coal, what is that doing? Probably a little bit of good for global climate change. Is there some value there? Yes, but let’s not talk about this like this is the thing that’s going to solve climate change.”



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