Weighing in on Kemper Coal

 

Kemper Rally SmallerCitizens rally against Kemper at hearing in Gulfport, MS.Recently, Ashby Foote, a Jackson, Mississippi-based private money manager, joined a chorus of voices weighing in against the dirty, expensive and unnecessary Kemper coal plant by publishing an op-ed in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger. In this op-ed, Foote deftly explains how Mississippi Power used inflated estimates of future natural gas prices to justify building this 2.88 billion dollar lignite coal plant and mine. Basically, as Foote puts it, “[t]he lignite coal gasification plant in Kemper County isn't [cost] competitive with today's natural-gas-fired facilities, and it wasn't when first proposed back in 2009.”

While natural gas (especially the process for getting it known as fracking) has its own environmental concerns, these economics are impossible to ignore. And Kemper isn’t just a bad financial bet. If allowed to move forward, the power plant and strip mine would destroy hundreds of acres of wetlands, pollute nearby waters, and release pollutants into the air. You can take action to stop Kemper coal by clicking here. Check out Foote’s full op-ed here.

Andrew Whitehurst is GRN's Assistant Director of Science and Water Policy.

Tags:

Recent Posts

State Representative Malinda White of Bogalusa invited Gulf Restoration Network and The Pearl Riverkeeper to...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Thursday, 14 December 2017
In Mobile, Alabama the trustees from the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA Trustees) held a...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Tuesday, 05 December 2017
Black Friday is coming up and as you begin preparing for the biggest shopping day...
Written by Marley Vebares
Wednesday, 22 November 2017
GRN arranged a swamp tour on November 16th for members of the Louisiana and coastal...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Mississippi’s second annual Restoration Summit convened on Tuesday Nov. 14th so the state could announce...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Wednesday, 15 November 2017
The House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing this month to discuss the fate of...
Written by Marley Vebares
Tuesday, 31 October 2017
And the hurricanes just kept coming… In finishing my first full month on the job...
Written by Christian Wagley
Tuesday, 24 October 2017

SHARE THIS PAGE