Coal Fired Power Plant

629 Words Jun 23rd, 2013 3 Pages
• Easily combustible, and produces high energy upon combustion helping in locomotion and in the generation of electricity and various other forms of energy;
• Widely and easily distributed all over the world;
• Comparatively inexpensive due to large reserves and easy accessibility
• Good availability
• Inexpensive
• Very large amounts of electricity can be generated in one place using coal, fairly cheaply.
• A fossil-fuelled power station can be built almost anywhere, so long as you can get large quantities of fuel to it. Most coal fired power stations have dedicated rail links to supply the coal.

Sounds good, huh!

Think again! The important issue as of now is whether there are more advantages than disadvantages of using coal
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• Also, it ruins the natural habitats of animals.
• A coal plant generates about 3,700,000 tons of carbon dioxide every year; this is one of the main causes of global warming.
• A single coal plant creates 10,000 tons of sulfur dioxide, which causes acid rain that damages forests, lakes, and buildings.
• When people dig for coal, they cut down many trees.
• A coal plant also creates 720 tons of carbon monoxide; which causes headaches and place additional stress on people with heart disease.
• A 500-megawatt coal- fired plant draws about 2.2 billion gallons of water from nearby bodies of water. This is enough water to support approximately 250,000 people.
• Cultivating coal is a very dangerous job – many men and women die each year in coal mine related failures and accidents.

Some people have said that coal power is good, because coal power is reliable and affordable. It may be reliable and affordable, but in the future the damage that coal power would cause, would be much more expressive.

Coal is cheap and abundant, with an estimate of over 300 years supply of economic coal deposits still accessible, which is why we are still using so much of it, despite the high levels of pollution and greenhouse gas emissions it produces.

Here’s the catch! Will I consider my life, my children’s, and my grand children’s lives also as cheap as coal?

In the US, studies have revealed that nearly 24,000 early