Coal Free Mizzou to present at Board of Curators meeting

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 | 6:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Coal Free Mizzou, a student organization that advocates to eliminate coal-powered energy, plans to attend the UM System Board of Curators meetings on Thursday and Friday.

The organization will present information to the curators on the economic and health risks of using coal and present a proposal to transition MU away from coal power by 2015.

Several other systemwide issues will be discussed at the meetings, including:

  • Proposals for two new degree programs: A general studies degree at Missouri University of Science and Technology — currently the only UM campus that does not offer such a degree — and a master's degree in educational psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • A Friday vote on a resolution to give former curator Judith Haggard, who resigned in January of this year, a "curator emeritus" title to recognize her work on the board.

The meeting will take place in Stotler Lounge in Memorial Student Union, North Tower. The public portion of the meetings begins at 12:30 p.m., and board documents can be found on the UM System website.

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Harold Sutton September 12, 2012 | 7:52 p.m.

So if UM goes coal free, what will be the next energy source? Solar cells? Ground source? Wood chips? Old tires? Natural gas? What? Come on now! Come up with a real, workable, and cost effective source instead of political posturing!!

My engineering education and many years of experience has been stretching a measure of enery as far as possible including all the above and Nuclear.
There is no free lunch!!

Energy conservation is the most effective method!

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Corey Parks September 12, 2012 | 10:22 p.m.

Now your asking to much Harold. You expect the young naive kids to come up with an idea and then a Solution all at the same time? Hell many of them do not even make their own rent and car payments how are they going to decipher an electric bill on the scale of a university.

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Matt Wilkinson September 13, 2012 | 1:50 p.m.

@Corey Parks 10:22p.m.
Clearly you don't know the difference between the collective "your" and the contraction of "you are" i.e. you're.

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Matt Wilkinson September 13, 2012 | 2:02 p.m.

@Harold 7:52 p.m.

What political posturing?

Yes, energy conservation is the lowest hanging most cost effective fruit. You and CP seem to underestimate the students. I would venture that conservation/reducing consumption will be a significant part of the students presentation to the curators.

(12 years experience in the electrical power generation industry)

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Harold Sutton September 13, 2012 | 2:27 p.m.

M. W.
"To transition MU away from coal power by 2015".?????

Its political posturing!!!

How about 52 years of energy conservation!

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Corey Parks September 13, 2012 | 2:32 p.m.

Thanks for the spelling lesson. The way one spells your, you are, you're means I don't put much effort into using spell check. The fact remains these kids live in a fantasy world. It is as if they go out of their way to grab a calculator and crunch some numbers. I think they secretly know what they are up against they just don't want to know the actual truth.

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Corey Parks September 13, 2012 | 2:38 p.m.

switching from coal to biomass removes one chemical from the air that the scrubbers do not catch and replaces it with others. Does changing one vice for another really improve the situation?

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Michael Williams September 13, 2012 | 3:04 p.m.

Corey asks, "Does changing one vice for another really improve the situation?"

No. I switched from beer to cigars. Now I don't fall down as much, but hacking is a new problem.

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