Bloomberg: ‘The Biggest Thing You Can Do … Is to Close Coal-Fired Power Plants’

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Ben Geman
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Ben Geman
Feb. 7, 2014, 2:26 a.m.

Na­tion­al Pub­lic Ra­dio caught up with former New York City May­or Mi­chael Bloomberg, who last week was named the United Na­tions’ spe­cial en­voy for cit­ies and cli­mate change.

The bil­lion­aire former may­or talks about what cit­ies world­wide are do­ing to help cut emis­sions (such as bike shar­ing and ef­fi­cient light­ing) and harden de­fenses against dis­asters.

He also says na­tion­al-level policies should go after coal. “The biggest thing you can do in this coun­try is to close coal-fired power plants. They gen­er­ate a third of all of the emis­sions,” he said.

Bloomberg has giv­en mil­lions of dol­lars to the Si­erra Club’s anti-coal-plant cam­paign. Mean­while, Pres­id­ent Obama’s En­vir­on­ment­al Pro­tec­tion Agency is plan­ning first-time car­bon-emis­sions stand­ards for new and ex­ist­ing power plants.

Re­u­ters has a dis­patch from EPA’s pub­lic hear­ing Thursday on the pro­posed emis­sions rules for new plants, which face heavy push­back from Re­pub­lic­ans and in­dustry groups.

Here’s Re­u­ters‘ lead: “Pro­posed pol­lu­tion stand­ards for new U.S. power plants, a cent­ral part of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s cli­mate -change plan, should not rely on a soon-to-be com­pleted pro­ject in Mis­sis­sippi as an ex­ample of how to cap­ture emis­sions from coal-fired power plants, the plant’s own­er said on Thursday.”

The Wall Street Journ­al has a new story that ex­am­ines Europe’s coal use in de­tail.

“The European Uni­on sees it­self lead­ing the world in curb­ing car­bon-di­ox­ide emis­sions and do­ing more than any oth­er re­gion to mit­ig­ate cli­mate change. But it is also in­creas­ing the share of elec­tri­city be­ing gen­er­ated by the most car­bon-in­tens­ive en­ergy source of all: coal,” the pa­per re­ports.

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