The oldest plants are the cheapest and simplest to operate and, sometimes, more efficient as well. Wholesale prices for power from some of these plants is in the $.02 - $.03/KWH range. New plants are $04- $.06/KWH.
Older plants dirty? Please.
you get a higher dose of "pollution" every time you empty your ashpan than what you'll get living next to an older coal power plant for a year. Glad to see all those years of green propaganda in grade school has paid off and managed to really sink in to some folks.
This is the height of stupidity. We have an abundant source of inexpensive domestic energy and we're doing everything to shut it down and make it expensive.
Also, lets not forget how many small coal operators and miners are going to be affected. Many of the smaller companies sell their coal to be blended with larger companies' coal for the plants. What you don't hear about is how many small industrial and small spreader stoker heating plants and under 20MW plants have closed or will be closing because of less publicized regulations.