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  •  Coal technologies (5+ / 0-)

    What I'm saying is that there are a lot of old plants out there that are more polluting than newer ones.  I'm not an expert in the area, but if we modernized some facilities they wouldn't pollute as much.  I recognize that there is no such thing as a clean-coal plant, but they can be made to pollute less.

    •  One aspect of that issue (6+ / 0-)

      is that power plants use "modernizing" old plants as a way to evade the Clean Air Act without significantly reducing pollution.  It's a complicated issue and if you manage to get to DC there are plenty of staffers who understand it.

      For Iowa, the main thing is wind.  It's clean energy.  It's jobs.  It's 20% of our power mix and needs to keep growing.  Francis Thicke advocates siting mid-size turbines on every farm in Iowa, and passing feed-in tariffs to finance them.  The excess power not needed on the farm could be fed back into the grid.

      •  Wind Is Intermittent and High Maintenance. (0+ / 0-)

        It cannot replace fossil fuels.  The concentration on sometime energy is a chimera.

        Iowa has biomass that fossil fuel burning plants can be rather easily converted to without resort to agriculture as Burlington, VT, did.  There is also geothermal that is available anywhere on the planet despite rumors to the contrary.  And there is waste heat...  

        See here for what one city in Michigan is doing:

        In Michigan, the city council of Wyandotte has approved the creation of a heating and cooling geothermal utility.

        Best,  Terry

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