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Clean Coal (sic) Nowhere in Sight 3

Clean Coal (sic) Nowhere in Sight

The myth of clean coalJust days after President Bush promised to "fund new technologies that can generate coal power while capturing carbon emissions" his Department of Energy (DOE) has shut down America's first major clean-coal project [ark | more2ark2 | search]. The experimental FutureGen project in rural Illinois was to demonstrate carbon capture and storage [search]. Just a month after it started, the DOE has pulled out of the public/private partnership. The cancellation ensures dirty coal remains the rule [ark], and that any working and fully implemented carbon storage solution will come too late to address climate change.

Clearly the Bush administration and coal industry have been stringing us along with the myth of clean coal. The coal industry's propaganda leads us to believe that no mountains are razed to produce coal, and that its burning is safe, non-toxic and most certainly does not contain global warming causing carbon dioxide. This million dollar ad blitz fails to mention that carbon capture and burial does not exist, has not been tested, and development is proving expensive. Clean coal remains a pernicious myth.  

Show Me the Clean Coal 6

Show Me the Clean Coal

The myth of clean coalThe most dangerous and pernicious lie ever to be told is that “clean coal” [search] exists as a climate mitigation strategy. There are only a handful of working efforts that sequester carbon emissions from the oil industry, which troublingly allows more oil to be retrieved. And there have been a few tentative prototype efforts [ark] to bury and store coal plant emissions, but nothing of scale or production ready. Carbon emissions stored may not remain in place permanently, nor be done economically.

Yet on the basis of illusory, untested technologies that may or may not work, and companies and governments are unwilling to fund [ark], the coal industry amazingly portrays itself as green. Thus centuries of treating the atmosphere as a waste dump continues. Survival of the human species and their habitat requires that no new coal plants that emit into the atmosphere are built. And if an operable atmospheric system is to be maintained, existing polluting coal plants must be shut down as soon as possible.