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  •  It's not. (3+ / 0-)
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    translatorpro, Lawrence, splashy

    Assuming by "option" you mean "baseload".  I'll leave it up to the diarist to clarify whether they deliberately lied or simply didn't read or understand their own links, but the new plants are replacing baseload coal with far more efficient coal peakers.  Replacing with a more efficient version = reducing CO2, not adding, != consuming more coal.  Peakers = gap filling for when the sun isn't shining and the wind isn't blowing, aka, supporting ever-growing wind and solar penetration.  

    They'll probably function as baseload in the early days (they are replacing plants that are currently running as baseload, after all), but they're clear design intent peakers, taking only 15 minutes to ramp up or down - a role that will become increasingly important as solar and wind penetration keep rising.

    •  i'm referring to the fuelsource (0+ / 0-)

      not the baseload.

      Yes, I am of the opinion that coal, as a fuel source, is not a good thing period.

      I don't understand the hate for this diary. It really wasn't that bad, and it isn't explictly pro-nuclear, and actually has praise for renewables.

      just a little bit bored.

      by terrypinder on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 08:48:45 AM PST

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      •  Maybe it isn't "that bad", but it's not the truth, (2+ / 0-)
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        Lawrence, splashy

        either. It is misrepresenting the facts, or even worse, the diarist is cherry-picking the stuff he likes and leaving out the rest.

        „Wer kämpft, kann verlieren. Wer nicht kämpft, hat schon verloren.“ - Bertolt Brecht

        by translatorpro on Wed Jan 09, 2013 at 02:22:11 PM PST

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