Using Coal To Deliver Wind Power

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Great Lakes Echo. Author credit goes to to Emanuele Berry.

The Ludington Daily News reports that the S.S. Badger carferry is expanding its operating season until Nov. 2 to transport wind tower parts.

That means the Badger will be moving parts for building clean alternative energy while under steam provided by a power plant criticized for polluting Lake Michigan.

SS Badger

The S.S. Badger photo by Royalbroil (Own work), via Wikimedia Commons

The vessel is the last operational coal-fired steamship. It travels between Ludington Mich., and Manitowoc Wis., and is  under fire for dumping coal ash into the lake.

No problem, said Joe Serwach, the spokesman for Save Our Great Lakes, an organization that wants the Badger to stop using outdated technology.

“We don’t oppose their season extending,” Serwach said. “Our goal is for them to stop dumping ash.”

Serwach said he hopes the additional funds from the extended season will be used to upgrade the ferry.

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