Crew blows up oil-fired power plant in Florida

By Stephen C. Webster
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 13:04 EDT
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In an impressive display, the 1960s-era Port Everglades oil-fired power plant near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was demolished on Tuesday to make way for a new natural gas-powered facility. Screenshot via AFP.
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This morning in Fort Lauderdale, the theme was goodbye smokestacks and hello cleaner air as crews demolished, in spectacular manner, an oil-fired power plant built in the 1960s.

The facility set to replace the massive smokestacks of the Port Everglades power plant will run on natural gas, which burns off much cleaner than oil or coal but isn’t without its detractors, and is particularly marred by a highly controversial and dirty extraction process known as fracking.

The demolition is helpful because Florida Power & Light would rather avoid the costly retrofitting requirements coming down from the Obama administration, aimed at regulating old, pollution-generating energy technology out of relevance. The administration’s recently-announced climate strategy will place the Environmental Protection Agency at the forefront of regulating pollution from existing power plants.

A spokesperson for Florida Power & Light told National Geographic that the demolition will save the utility and its customers about $400 million over the next three decades as they progress to using cheaper, more sustainable fuels.

This video is from AFP, published July 16, 2013.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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