Puget Sound Energy owns and operates a coal-fired power plant out of Billings, Montana, that the Sierra Club calls "the dirtiest coal plant in the West." The Colstrip Plant meets EPA emission standards and PSE touts its green-energy portfolio, with plans to triple its renewable energy supply by 2020. How does coal fit into that equation? And with coal plants generating 42 percent of America's electricity, how much impact would closing one plant have? We take a look with PSE's Andy Wappler and Anne Hedges of the Montana Environmental Information Center.
Also this hour: Should Congress and the President use the approaching fiscal cliff to reach a "grand bargain" and reform Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security? We talk with State Senator Steve Hobbs (D-Lake Stevens) and Michael Lind of the New America Foundation. Plus, we listen back to the career of voice actor Lucille Bliss and get a recommendation for a tasty Vietnamese banh mi sandwich from Sara Dickerman.