After Pollution Crisis, Puerto Rico To Eliminate All Coal Power Next Year


Puerto Rico … LIBRE DE CENIZAS!! … ‘The island of Puerto Rico will end all coal-based power generation in 2020 , with Governor Ricardo Rosselló committing to a rapid transition to renewable energy. The announcement comes less that two weeks after the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act (PS 1121) was approved by the Puerto Rican Senate.’

Repeating Islands

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A report by James Ellsmoor for Forbes.

The island of Puerto Rico will end all coal-based power generation in 2020 , with Governor Ricardo Rosselló committing to a rapid transition to renewable energy. The announcement comes less that two weeks after the Puerto Rico Energy Public Policy Act (PS 1121) was approved by the Puerto Rican Senate. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support, outlined how the island aims to reach 100% renewable energy by 2050.

Graffiti seen on a wall reads "Puerto Rico free of [coal] ash... Who Is Killing Us ?" near a landfill where coal waste is deposited in Tallaboa, Penuelas, Puerto Rico. For longer than most can remember, Puerto Ricans have paid some of the highest energy costs in the U.S. to a notoriously unreliable utility that neglected their grid for years and subjected local people to highly polluting toxins.

Graffiti seen on a wall reads “Puerto Rico free of [coal] ash… Who Is Killing Us ?” near a landfill where coal waste is deposited in Tallaboa, Penuelas, Puerto Rico. For longer than most can remember, Puerto Ricans have paid some of the highest energy costs in the U.S. to a notoriously unreliable utility that neglected their grid for years and subjected local people to highly polluting toxins.

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PS 1121 also mandated that coal-based power production would be…

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Walking South Beach. Walking on Sunshine.


‘Walking on sunshine’ … ‘Yesterday morning. I’m standing at the western end of Lincoln Road, the Lincoln Road on Miami’s South Beach. It’s early morning, but already 80° F. Humidity is on. Fingers puffy, both feet are fuller in sneakers.’

Live & Learn

Baby here we stand again
Where we’ve been so many times before
Even though you looked so sure
As I was watching you walking out my door
But you always walk back in like you did today….

~ Jackson Browne, Hear Come Those Tears Again


Yesterday morning. I’m standing at the western end of Lincoln Road, the Lincoln Road on Miami’s South Beach. It’s early morning, but already 80° F. Humidity is on. Fingers puffy, both feet are fuller in sneakers.

Small towners from the north, looking for adventure in Miami, found it in all the wrong places.  Weekend 1 included a car break-in after a sun drenched afternoon on South Beach.  Month 6 included a home invasion. Most would have said Enough, and bailed. But, no, this felt like home. And for 14 years it was Home.  Years later, like this week, we would return here…

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