Monday, July 2, 2007

Wind vs. Coal #2: Water

From the Union of Concerned Scientists:

A typical 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant draws about 2.2 billion gallons of water each year from nearby water bodies, such as lakes, rivers, or oceans, to create steam for turning its turbines. This is enough water to support a city of approximately 250,000 people.

Wind power generates electricity with...

* No cooling water
* No water pollution

Coal vs. Wind

Coal generates 54% of our electricity, and is the single biggest air polluter in the U.S.

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