18 Jul '11, 5pm

Two Reasons Why "Clean Coal" Has Moved Off Stage

Two Reasons Why "Clean Coal" Has Moved Off Stage

"The Stage Of Dreams " Image credit:Flickr, spiritz There are two main reasons clean coal has moved offstage and they have little to do with engineering feasibility or environmental impact potential. The promise of 'clean coal' for power production has faded from public discourse mainly because, to prove it works at commercial scale, the technology requires government support (citing high costs, privately sponsored tests have been scaled down or halted). Mustering more billions of government support now would contradict one of the ascendant US political narratives, which holds that climate change is a made up liberal plot to take away corporate and personal freedoms and that all government expenditures must be cut severely, not added to. The fade-away factor could hardly be more powerful. Cost and it's twin: regulatory uncertainty. Some US electric utilities have announced...

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