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Cleantech News Coal Cooling Towers Come Crashing Down (VIDEOS)

Published on February 6th, 2013 | by Zachary Shahan


Coal Cooling Towers Come Crashing Down (VIDEOS)

As clean energy options like wind and solar grow around the world, coal-fired power plants are being shut down. Perhaps the most deadly industry in the history of humankind (one of the deadliest, at least) is losing to clean wind and clean solar in the US, Europe, and elsewhere. Capturing that in a unique way, here’s a wonderful slow motion video of some coal-fired power plant cooling towers getting blown up (thanks to Peter Sinclair for the share):

Of course, this video immediately made me think of this even cooler video of coal and nuclear towers (made to look like living beings) coming crashing down:

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  • agelbert

    Exactly as I stated in an article I wrote last July, the EROEI (energy return on energy invested) numbers pumped out by Hall and Associates from their “scientific” study of fossil, nuclear and renewable energy products is a pack of lies and distortions purchased by the fosiil fuel corporations that vociferously deny that their pollution and disease effects are a cost of doing busines thay have excreted on to the biosphere. It’s a long article and I go into a lot of detail. For those interested in reading it, go here:

  • Edward Kerr

    Nice post Zach…always enjoy the slo-mo guys and enjoyed seeing coal cooling towers being decommissioned.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Thanks. Not sure if I’ve seen their stuff before, but cool (no pun intended). :D

  • calebcrawford

    No love lost on the coal plants, but cooling towers are amazing architectural spaces. It would be great to re-purpose them rather than demolish them.

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