Monday, May 4, 2009

Coal's Glow Fades At The Capitol

Acting Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers tells Speaker Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid that as of now the Capitol Building will use only natural gas to fire its heating boilers and water heaters, unless, of course, there is a cold spell or the capacity of the gas pipeline feeding the Capitol Building is exceeded, in which the coal fired boilers are still in place as a back up system. Cost of the switch over: $7 million.

Reid says the switch shows "that the House and Senate are leading by example in reducing our emissions." Pelosi says the power plant is moving "from the 19th century to the 21st century." Wait a minute, doesn't burning natural gas to produce steam heat and hot water still generate tons of CO2 emissions?
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