A fossil fuel power plant is a thermal power station which burns a fossil fuel — like coal or natural gas — to produce electricity. Fossil fuel power stations convert heat energy of combustion into mechanical energy, which then powers an electrical generator. These power plants contribute to the climate crisis because they produce emissions - like methane - degrade environments and air and water quality, and contribute to ocean acidification. These photos illustrate the buildout of power plant infrastructure in various locations around the US.
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