Enviros Celebrate Hundreds Of Workers Losing Jobs As A Victory In ‘War On Coal’

Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg and his Sierra Club allies are celebrating the closure of three Texas coal-fired power plants, calling the laying off of hundreds of workers as a victory in the “war on coal.”

“Passing the 50 percent mark ahead of schedule — and during a week when the Trump Administration announced new efforts to subsidize the coal industry — speaks volumes about who is waging, and winning, the war on coal,” Bloomberg, an Independent, said in a statement.

“The American people, in both red and blue states, are demanding energy that is cheaper and cleaner than coal – and more and more, they are getting it,” said Bloomberg, who announced a $64 million donation to the Sierra Club’s anti-coal campaign on Wednesday.

Bloomberg has given the “Beyond Coal” campaign more than $100 million since 2011. Before that, the Sierra Club took money from natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy to attack the coal industry. Bloomberg wants his latest tranche of money to go towards closing more coal plants through litigation, lobbying, and activism.

Vistra Energy announced the closure of two coal-fired power plants in early 2018. The Sandow Power Plant and Big Brown Power Plant have enough capacity to power 460,000 homes, but Vistra CEO Curt Morgan said the plants were no longer economic in an environment with low-priced natural gas and subsidized green energy.

The 650 workers at the plants and the mines that supply them will lose their jobs, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday.

Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune joined Bloomberg in condemning the Texas coal plants now slated for shut down. Coal power is “an outdated and deadly source of energy for a few years longer, sickening our communities and harming our planet,” Brune said.

Just one week ago, Vistra announced the closure of the 1,800 megawatt Monticello Power Plant. The plant will close down in January 2018, meaning the company will lay off more workers. The Sierra Club celebrated Monticello’s closing as well.

The Sierra Club was involved in legal action against the Monticello plant, that is winding its way through federal court. The closing of the three power plants means more than half the U.S. coal fleet has been slated for retirement, according to activists.

President Donald Trump’s administration has tried to help the coal industry by repealing former President Barack Obama-era environmental regulations. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt signed a proposal on Tuesday to withdraw the Clean Power Plan.

The Clean Power Plan aimed to cut power plant carbon dioxide emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

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    Sonnyhill

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    China joined the Paris Accord, promising to continue building more coal-fired generators.
    Trump rescinds anti-coal legislation, letting the free market decide .
    To the Sierra Clubbers, a free-market must be evil. Maybe they should move to China?

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    Amber

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    Coal made America and it surprising the Liberals in NY have such short memories . Coal or no coal cheering the loss of 650 peoples jobs is low class . Next time the Sierra Club goes around sucking up for money or Bloomberg tries to flog his crap “fly over ” country will
    remember .

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    Amber

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    Like your suggestion Sonnyhill . Given the source of the largest pollution is China you would think the Sierra Club would be parading around there but allas not going to happen . Politically correct BS is best served in North America .

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    Sonnyhill

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    Nimbyism versus Communism.
    Anyone care to handicap that?
    Maybe people who spend so much of their lives at 40,000 feet are not well-grounded?

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    Spurwing Plover

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    The Sierra Club nothing but a bunch of watermelons(Green on outside red inside)and Bloomberg a wealthy leftists scumball screw the Sierra Club and those darn California State Quarters with Sierra Club founder John Muir and a big nasty vulture on them

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    ran6110

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    I would like to see these people and organization to give up their pay in solidarity with the workers until each worker has a new job.

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    Guy Moosburger

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    There is no victory just cheap natural gas and a free market.

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    Sonnyhill

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    Coal fired generating stations will keep the gas companies honest. We don’t want a North American “GASPEC” fixing prices.

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