HOT BLAST: Less coal
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Donald Crabtree, a Tennessee Valley Authority project manager from Stevenson, Ala., leads a media tour around the old Bowling Green, Ky., power plant in 2011. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz)
Donald Crabtree, a Tennessee Valley Authority project manager from Stevenson, Ala., leads a media tour around the old Bowling Green, Ky., power plant in 2011. (AP Photo/Daily News, Alex Slitz)
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The government-owned TVA serves some 9 million people in the heart of coal mining country in the southeastern United States, running a fleet of coal-fired power plants that have long been the source of cheap electricity. But yesterday, the TVA board of directors voted to shutter eight of those power plants, taking 3,000 megawatts of carbon-intensive electricity off the grid in the face of intense opposition from coal miners and politicians decrying “Obama’s war on coal.” That’s the equivalent electricity production of three huge nuclear power plants.

So writes Todd Woody in The Death of Coal: Two recent decisions foreshadow the fitful future of energy in America.
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