April 17, 2012

Clean coal? Or a dirty lie?

I keep seeing energy company ads on TV touting "clean coal." And it makes my blood boil.

Of course I support clean coal technology, but it's not here yet, folks. At least not in sufficient form to really generate clean electricity. It is NOT commercially feasible! We cannot yet bury the polluting emissions from coal-burning power plants, especially in our area of Virginia.

Carbon capture and sequestration/storage (CCS) is still a "pipe dream" for the industry in spite of the first claim to clean coal in Germany in 2008. That power plant captures carbon dioxide and compresses it into a powder, and plans to inject that into depleted natural gas wells or other suitable rock. But it is still simply a plan.