Sierra Club Renews Attack on PSC

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Mississippi Sierra Club is warning that regulators may give Mississippi Power the ability to spend more money building its coal-fired Kemper County power plant.

Mississippi Power Co., a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., is building what is supposed to be a $2.4 billion plant.

In March, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled the commission failed to adequately explain reasons for easing financial restrictions.

But March 30, the PSC gave temporary approval to keep building, citing financial losses if construction stopped.

Critics said that approval exceeded the PSC's authority to give temporary permissions.

The Sierra Club said Monday that it expects the PSC to give new final permission to Mississippi Power Tuesday.

The group says the company is trying to get the PSC to lift the current $2.88 billion cost cap.

The Sierra Club said again Monday that the project is foolhardy, considering how low natural gas prices have fallen as drillers have unlocked new supplies in recent years.

The group says the commission should consider how those economics have changed since
it approved the project in 2010.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 02:46 PM
    “TIME has learned that between 2007 and 2010 the Sierra Club accepted over $25 million in donations from the gas industry, mostly from Aubrey McClendon, CEO of Chesapeake Energy—one of the biggest gas drilling companies in the U.S. and a firm heavily involved in fracking—to help fund the Club’s Beyond Coal campaign. Though the group ended its relationship with Chesapeake in 2010—and the Club says it turned its back on an additional $30 million in promised donations—the news raises concerns about influence industry may have had on the Sierra Club’s independence and its support of natural gas in the past.”
  • by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 02:41 PM
    Sierra Club Admits to Taking $26 Million from Natural Gas Industry to Attack Coal Industry
  • by m Location: meridian on Apr 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM
    I will ask again. Does anyone know how the Sierra club is funded. Also 200 acres is a drop in the bucket to the amount of timber thats cut in Ms. every week.
  • by LCREZ Location: lc on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:07 AM
  • by LCREZ Location: lc on Apr 23, 2012 at 02:24 PM
    The Sierra Club wants to save the planet from the fake "global warming" disaster that they promote. There are two types of people in this organization. The real fakes that know that what they promoting is a fake and the others (Hollywood la-las among them) who just believe what the fakers are promoting. SCIENCE does not prove that man has created too much green house gases so that we are on the brink of a global disaster. CO2 is what plants must have to live and we need plants to live. The plants give us O2 and vegetables and feed the animals we eat. Read "Climate of Corruption" to get the facts.
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      by C. on Apr 24, 2012 at 03:05 AM in reply to LCREZ
      Exactly! The Libs want to outlaw carbon dioxide to kill off all the plants, then force us to drive windmill-powered cars! Hey, by the way, does that book say anything about why the planet Venus is hotter than Mercury, even though Mercury is so much closer to the sun? I would go buy the book, but book learnin' and all... since you already have the book can you check and post back if there's an answer in there? Thanks!
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        by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 09:05 AM in reply to C.
        One person claims: The average temperature on Venus is 735 kelvin (461° C, or 863° F). Furthermore, it’s the same temperature everywhere across the planet, whether it’s day or night. The thick atmosphere on Venus traps the heat from the Sun, and the weather distributes this temperature around the entire planet. No matter where you went, you’d always experience that same 735 kelvin temperature. And that’s why Venus is hotter than Mercury.
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          by C. on Apr 25, 2012 at 02:51 PM in reply to
          Well whoever that person is that said that clearly doesn't know anything about SCIENCE and FACTS. If the Venus atmosphere is so full of so-called 'greenhouse gas' why isn't the whole planet covered in plants??? Bet the treehugger Commie traitors got no answer for THAT. Ha!
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          by Anonymous on Apr 25, 2012 at 07:10 PM in reply to
          Venus' atmosphere does not contain elements that can produce life.
  • by LCREZ Location: lc on Apr 23, 2012 at 01:54 PM
    Sierra Club says: The Kemper County Lignite Plant is planned to be built in the Chickasawhay flood plain, meaning that any runoff from the project will impact the Pascagoula River system. What Mississippi Power wants to do is dig a 100-foot hole in the ground to extract lignite, a wet, woody, low-energy coal and then burn it in a 500-megawatt plant to be built next door. 20,000 acres of prime forest land and small farms will have to be eliminated from existence in order to build this plant and dig the giant hole in the ground. From MS Power site: The Kemper plant will use the most advanced gasification technology in the world. Rather than burning lignite directly to make electricity, the IGCC process sends lignite through a device called a gasifier. While subjected to high temperatures and high pressure in the gasifier, the lignite undergoes a chemical reaction that creates a synthesis gas. The cleaner "syngas" is then used in a gas turbine to generate power with fewer emissions than traditional coal plants - "clean coal technology." end of quotes These two sites cannot both be true. I think it is agreed that the coal used in Kemper County will not be burned but gasified so I believe The Sierra Club is not giving out the truth.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM Contact the MS Sierra Club and let them know you want them to leave this project alone.
  • by rick on Apr 23, 2012 at 11:20 AM
    Why don't the sierra club focus on feeding the hungry, rather than putting more people out of work??? Maybe build a veteran a house so they don't sleep under bridges__
  • by m Location: meridian on Apr 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    Who's funding the Sierra club? I wish they would get out of Ms. This is the best thing that has happened in our area in a long time. My guess would be of the 2.4 billion being spent over half is taxes and regulations. I would also say that a million a week is paid just in payroll taxes. As for natural gas who knows what the price of it will be in 5 yrs. So Sierra club if you don't like it build one yourself and start the Sierra Power Co. I have Ms. Power and I hate my rates going up but look at all the people it put to work. As for me I am proud to give my fare share to this outstanding undertaking. I would rather my money pay for labor than pay them to sit at home. I wish they would build ten more just like it.
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