SANTA CLARA, CA — Hundreds of coal-fired power plants across the U.S. will shut down starting Monday, shutting down their coal-burning furnaces, shutting their furnaces off and shutting down millions of people, according to a report released Thursday by the nonprofit group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The Los Angeles Times reported that more than 1,000 workers were forced to work on the coal-powered plants in California and across the country in the coming days.
The shutdowns were ordered by a federal judge in Arizona, who ordered the coal plants to shut down by Sept. 6.
The closures will shut out hundreds of thousands of people across the nation, including millions of workers.
The coal plants that will close include the Murray Energy coal-electricity plant in Wyoming, which will shut its doors by Sept 26, the Las Vegas-based Vogtle coal-coal plant in Georgia, which is expected to close by Oct. 31 and the Carmichael coal-power plant in Texas, which shut down on Oct. 15.
The move comes as the coal industry has seen a steep drop in production and prices have plummeted.
The number of plants that are currently operating has fallen from 527 in 2003 to just 52 in 2014, according the Center for Energy Policy and Research.
But it has seen steady increases over the past decade, from a low of 622 plants in 2003 before the financial crisis to nearly 800 today.
The plants that have reopened are owned and operated by private companies.
These coal-driven plants are producing less coal than they were during the recession, according a report by the Southern Environmental Law Center.
The report found that the number of coal plants in operation fell from 703 in 2003, before the recession to just 48 today.
At least 11,000 people will lose their jobs as a result of the closures.
Many of the plants will be closing due to climate change, according an analysis by the Natural Resources Defense Council, which released a report last year that showed a total of 5.3 million jobs could be lost.
The closure of these coal plants is the latest example of climate change causing the climate to change, said Mark Jacobson, a senior research fellow at the Natural Resource Defense Council.
Jacobson said the closure of the coal plant in the Midwest is especially problematic because the plants that would be closed will be located in the southern U.C. Berkeley region.
The study found that many of these plants are located on land that is more susceptible to wildfire than other parts of the U,C.
Davis, the largest of the affected coal plants, is located in Northern California, and the Berkeley plant is located just east of San Francisco.
The environmental groups report says that because of the climate change and fire risks, it would be unlikely that the plants would be able to continue operating.
Many other coal-fueled plants will also shut down in the U to protect the environment and people from climate change-related events.