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59 coal-fired power plants cancelled or shelved in 2007

Some good news about how coal industry is feeling the pressure from grassroots involvement.
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During 2007, 59 proposed coal-fired power plants were cancelled or shelved, according to research compiled by Coal Moratorium NOW! and Rainforest Action Network. The list is available at Coal Plants Cancelled in 2007.
A moratorium on new coal plants is “the most critical action for saving the planet at this time”, said Dr. James Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Space Center , the world’s largest climate research agency.

The study concluded that
-climate played a role in at least 15 plant cancellations
-coal plants disappeared completely from some utilities’ long-range plans
-renewables are edging out coal
-with mounting grassroots opposition, financial groups are moving away from coal
-more plants have been abandoned than rejected
-heavy spending for ‘clean coal’ message did not convince the public

According to a survey completed in the first week of January 2008 by Coal Moratorium NOW! and Rainforest Action Network, the number of proposed plants (including those under construction or recently completed) now stands at 113, dropping from 151 in May 2007, then down to 121 in October.

Find complete article here: Progress toward coal moratorium

Coal Moratorium NOW! ( tracks the coal boom and advocates for a moratorium on new coal plants. Together with the Center for Media and Democracy, Coal Moratorium NOW! also co-sponsors, a coal-oriented wiki. Contact: or Ted Nace at 510-331-8743.

Rainforest Action Network ( runs hard-hitting campaigns to break America’s oil addiction, reduce our reliance on coal, protect endangered forests and indigenous rights, and stop destructive investments around the world through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.




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