Sorry for all the cussing today, but you wanna talk about a sentence that just hits you in the face:
China, South Africa and India host the world's five dirtiest utility companies in terms of global warming pollution, according to the first-ever worldwide database of power plants' carbon dioxide emissions, while a single Southern Co. plant in Juliette, Ga., emits more annually than Brazil's entire power sector.
That would be Georgia Power's Plant Scherer, which is just north of Macon.
The story's from The Washington Post. Thanks to Neill Herring for sending it my way.
UPDATE: From Jeff Wilson, a Georgia Power spokesman:
Plant Scherer emits more carbon dioxide than any power plant in the U.S. because it's the single largest coal fired plant in the U.S. The more coal fired generation there is, the more CO2 that would be emitted. There's currently no industry technology that will reduce carbon dioxide, but we're continuing to look for technologies that will do just that. ... Coal generation is one of the cheapest sources of electricity.
We're going to invest $2 billion in the next 3 year (statewide)... to install additional environmental controls.