Jacob D. North Dakota

Coal Plants

Why are we shutting down coal plants?

Dear Future President, 

Mr. President, or Mrs. President this needs to be stopped. Coal plants are being shut down. Why is this? Half of US electricity is generated from coal, so why are we shutting the plants down. Each person in the US uses 3.7 tons of coal annually and total demand for coal has reached 1.12 billion tons in the US. It is in high demand. It is really important as an energy source and good for the economy.

Many people work in coal plants, especially in states like North Dakota and Wyoming. For each coal mining job an additional 3.5 jobs are created. Also, the NMA estimates 50,000 new employees will be needed in coal mining over the next 10 years to meet increasing demand and replace retirees. US coal mining directly employs 134,000. Look how many jobs coal mining creates. Why would she shut down these plants?

I know the main reason everyone wants to shut down the coal plants is because the pollutants they release into the atmosphere, but new coal plants release %90 less pollutants than ones from the 1970s. The new ones are cleaner, but I think we should still keep the old ones. Wind turbines are not the way to go, to expensive. They take around 30 years to be worth building. Here is an example of how shutting down coal plants will hurt us. A 66% reduction in coal fired electric power generation would reduce GDP by 3.71 billion, household income by 142 billion, and employment by 2.7 million. Look how much that would hurt us. So Mr. or Mrs. President want to let this continue, and have our economy fall even more and have many jobs lost. Or, do you want to stop this and have more jobs created and our economy rise.