I was looking around the internet for one or more feel good stories as we head into Christmas. So I Googled “Feel Good Stories.” Several headings came up and I thought, okay, I have a lot to do so this will be easier than I thought to find at least one uplifting story to elaborate on for the following day.
So as we all do, I clicked on one of the higher ranking results. The site I chose was entitled “Great News Network – Positive Feel Good News.” I again thought – wow – this will be easy, anticipating a story about a family reunited with a military parent or a dog who found his way home, just in time for Christmas, after being lost for 3 months. Maybe I’d find a feeding the hungry story, or even a Christmas miracle.
What I actually found, advertised as feel good stories, were posts which caused me literally to laugh out loud as I stared at the screen.
The first “feel good” posting was “EPA proposes cutting carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants 30% by 2030.”
Boy, I guess I found the right “feel good” site, because I’m positively feeling better already – and healthier, knowing we’ll be rid of all coal-produced electricity in 15 years, because it is impossible for coal plants to adhere to that regulation.
I would have felt much better if they were honest and just announced Obama’s intent to end all coal-fired power plants by 2030. Now that’s a “feel good” story. How do you feel about that?
I’m sure you’ll feel even better when you see these statistics from the U.S. Energy Information Administration:
In 2013, the United States generated about 4,058 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. About 67% of the electricity generated was from fossil fuel (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), with 39% attributed from coal.
In 2013, energy sources and percent share of total electricity generation were:
- Coal 39%
- Natural Gas 27%
- Nuclear 19%
- Hydropower 7%
- Other Renewable 6% [total]
- Biomass 1.48%
- Geothermal 0.41%
- Solar 0.23%
- Wind 4.13%
- Petroleum 1%
- Other Gases < 1%
So almost 40% or 1,632 billion kilowatt-hours of America’s electricity is currently generated by coal-fired power plants, and not a single plant, old or new, will be able to meet the new guidelines. Are you feeling all warm and Christmassy?
Andrew Steer, president of the World Resources Institute, is. He was quoted as saying “This momentous development raises the bar for controlling carbon emissions in the United States.”
It’s momentous all right. It will take more than a Christmas miracle to replace all that lost energy, but hey, our government will come up with a solution. They always do!
Did pick the right “feel good” site or what?!
Merry Christmas and God Bless. Hope you get some thick sweaters and long underwear. You may need them.