Marshalltown Coal Plant “Silly” Says NASA Scientist

January 18, 2008 at 5:21 pm Leave a comment

Dr. James Hansen is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute of Space Studies and an alum of the University of Iowa. He was in Iowa this week to testify before the Iowa Utilities Board regarding the dangers of building a coal-fired power plant in Marshalltown, Iowa.

I interviewed him at an event last night in Iowa City:

“The only way we’re going to keep climate within a reasonable range is if we phase out use of coal except where we capture the CO2 and sequester it because most of the carbon dioxide in the fossil fuels is in coal.

“So we could solve the problem, that would be 80% of the solution but it does require that we have a moratorium on any new coal-fired power plants and over the next 25 to 30 years we’re going to have to phase out those that exist.

“And this is going to become very clear within the next several years so it is just plain silly to build a new one now because you’re not going to be able to grandfather these in … Once the government understands how serious the problem is these plants are going to have to go
so it just makes no sense to make another one now.”

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