No new U.S. coal plants in 2009; does this mean a cleaner future for electric cars?

Electric vehicles moving on electrons generated from coal are cleaner than gasoline-powered vehicles, but those coal plants are still pretty dirty. Not everyone is in favor of coal-powered EVs, but it's hard to argue against shifting power generation from coal to renewable resources. Thankfully, there's one big hint that the U.S. is starting to move away from coal plants: the quiet.

Sustainable Business reports that no new coal plants broke ground in the U.S. 2009 and that total coal use is down this year, according to data from the Energy Information Agency. Also, 26 coal plant proposals were "defeated or abandoned," this year. Bruce Nilles, director of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign, told SB that, "Although there are still about 90 remaining proposals, the landscape has shifted 180-degrees." With all of this popular opposition to coal, will we see a similar shift of support to renewable options, which are often more expensive, in 2010?

[Source: Sustainable Business]
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