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.


Recent Posts

Mississippi’s elected leadership may be getting a better understanding about how river flow and oysters...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
In the first two months of 2018, four governments along the Lower Pearl River have...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
The rivers of Louisiana are intricately connected to our unique and valuable wetland forests. You...
Written by Natalie Montoya
Wednesday, 31 January 2018
The Washington Parish Council passed a resolution against more upstream damming on the Pearl River...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Wednesday, 24 January 2018
The on-again, off-again saga of drilling off the Florida coast is…on again. Well, apparently it...
Written by Christian Wagley
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
A coalition of Gulf Coast chefs and restaurant owners is calling on lawmakers to vote...
Written by Kendall Dix
Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Last week, the Trump administration released a plan to open up nearly all U.S. water...
Written by Raleigh Hoke
Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Latest Actions