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  •  Yeah, coal is only cheaper than wind if the (0+ / 0-)

    coal-burning generators already exist and don't need to be built.  

    although sadly, another big reason they're freaking out is because they're being out-competed by natural gas and its fracking ways.
    I've read that fracked natural gas wells tend to fall off in production quite fast and need to be (expensively) re-fracked every three to five years.  The price of gas may take a sharp jump upward in the next few years, even without a tax on carbon.  If/when that happens, wind will really take off.  Electric companies won't want to build new coal-fired power plants.  
    But in general, this is good.  
    Yes, very much so.  

    Renewable energy brings national global security.     

    by Calamity Jean on Sat May 18, 2013 at 09:02:17 PM PDT

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