Reid: Climate deniers outside reality

In an Aug. 7 speech on climate change, U.S. Sen. Harry Reid said it is time for policy makers, journalists and utility execs “to stop acting like those who ignore the crisis or deny it exists entirely have a valid point of view. They don’t.” He said the scientific consensus is so one-sided that there is no excuse for inaction, or for legitimizing deniers.

He also said it is time to shut down one of Nevada’s power plants, Reid Gardner in the Moapa Valley (no relation).

“Each year for the last 47 years, more than 2.8 million tons of climate-changing carbon dioxide—not to mention thousands of pounds of toxins such as arsenic, mercury and lead—go up the plant’s four giant smokestacks.”

Team Nevada issued a statement that said the shutdown would “shutter a facility that employs 150 people. … [Reid] doesn’t realize Moapa’s population is about 7,000 people and shutting a facility like this would almost double the area’s unemployment rate.”

But Reid said it is those residents who are threatened by Reid Gardner. About two football fields away from those smoke stacks lives a band of 300 Moapa Paiute Indians. Every day Reid-Gardner rains down on the dwindling Native American tribe fine particulates and coal ash filled with chemicals that cause cancer, emphysema and heart problems.”

A 2004 study found that aging coal fired power plants shorten almost 24,000 lives a year. Scientific American reported a 2007 study indicating that power plant ash carries about 100 times more radiation than a nuclear power plant producing the same amount of energy, and that “sometimes leaches into the soil and water surrounding” a plant. Moapa is an agricultural area.