The Mouth That Roared, aka Donald Trump, promised unemployed coal miners they would soon be back to work. But even the #FakePresident and all his bombast cannot change the laws of economics. Big corporations don’t care a whit about doing good deeds (or people either, for that matter) — they care about doing going financially, and that means profits, profits, and more profits.
For a decade or more, plans have been underway to expand the coal-fired electrical generating station in Holcomb, Kansas, owned by Sunflower Electric Power. But now, it appears those plans are being taken off the table, thanks to the declining cost of wind power.
Why the change? Did Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, the principal backer of the expansion proposal, suddenly wake up one morning and decide it was tired of poisoning its customers with lethal emissions from the plant? Hardly. Did rigorous new regulations imposed by a cruel federal government make the difference? Guess again. What did the plan in was good old-fashioned economics. The price of coal and building more coal-fired generating facilities is simply higher than the cost of renewables, especially wind power.