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AddNew EPA clean coal plant rules would cut CO2 emissions in half

This summer, President Obama called for cleaner coal power plants and started what critics called the "War on Coal." Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made it official by proposing new pollution standards for new power plants under the Clean Air Act. The agency also announced it would take steps to make old plants cleaner, but that's much less defined. The EPA's proposal is in line with the President's Climate Action Plan and would be the very first uniform national limits on CO2

273This 192-wheel vehicle is carrying nuclear waste to Utah right now

In light of Japan's Fukushima disaster, the future of nuclear power is a topic of debate whenever alternative power sources are discussed. Whether you are for nuclear power or against it, one legacy of this technology will be the great lengths that governments and power companies must go to dispose of the spent fuel and other byproducts.

31Curiosity: Report says we have 35x more HP in our driveways than our power plants

It may not be a particularly glamorous definition of the automobile, but it's true on some level that cars and trucks are individual little power generators on wheels, a fact pointed out here by Wired staff writer Alexis Madrigal. Interestingly, when viewed in that light, the United States has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to overall latent power availability.

AddCuriosity: Report says we have 35x more HP in our driveways than our power plants

It may not be a particularly glamorous definition of the automobile, but it's true on some level that cars and trucks are individual little power generators on wheels, a fact pointed out here by WIRED staff writer Alexis Madrigal. Interestingly, when viewed in that light, the United States has an embarrassment of riches in overall latent power availability.

AddBiodiesel, waste-processing plants to power each other

One of the common complaints by naysayers of ethanol and other alternative fuels is that fossil fuels are still needed to either manufacture the alternate energy source (i.e., diesel tractors to harvest corn) or generate it (i.e., coal-burning power plant to make the electricity to fuel an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle).

4Green fuel from an even greener source

One common complaint about "green" technologies such as electric cars is that production of such alternatives continue to harm the environment. Critics are quick to point out that coal-burning power plants continue to spew toxic wastes to generate electricity to charge an electric car.

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