Foolin’ Around With South Carolina’s Coal Kings

April 2, 2008 at 4:25 am Leave a comment

By. Carly Sothoran

 

College of Charleston students and Charleston community members joined thousands of people across the globe in an international day of action against the fossil fuel industry.  Alliance for Planet Earth, the student environmental group at the College, hosted a rally in Marion Square where participants demanded a halt to Santee Cooper’s proposed coal plant to be located on the Great Pee Dee River.

 

Over 50 protestors addressed the ridiculousness of a new coal plant by dressing in clown outfits, waving signs and handing out “coal plants.”  Numerous petition signatures were collected against the coal plant and pedestrians received informational flyers on clean energy alternatives.  “Today’s event was about letting the youth’s voice be heard, encouraging people to take action and insisting that Santee Cooper invest in efficiency and renewable energy rather than a new dirty coal plant” said event spokesperson and Alliance for Planet Earth member Carly Sothoron.

 

Guest speakers, Ian Sanchez of Lowcountry Environmental Education program and Dr. Matt Wasson of Appalachian Voices, discussed the absurdity of building a technologically outdated coal plant in South Carolina and the advantages of energy efficiency and renewable sources like wind and solar.  “Building this coal plant from an economic, health, and environmental view is a kick in the teeth to the young and future generations” stated Dr. Wasson.

 

Our state spends over $740 million a year on out of state coal.  If we want an energy independent South Carolina, it is time to invest in our own home grown energy sources.  This new coal plant will emit 3,500 tons of ozone-forming nitrous oxide, 7,500 tons of soot-forming sulfur dioxide, and 900 tons of lung-damaging particulate matter each year, along with 8.7 million tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.  According to DHEC’s draft air permit, this plant is permitted to emit annually 138 pounds of toxic mercury!

 

Enough fooling around with fossil fuels!  Clean energy and efficiency will make South Carolina a healthier and greener place to live.

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Entry filed under: southern energy network.

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