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Energy Department Dispels Myth of ‘Clean Coal’


Energy Department Dispels Myth of ‘Clean Coal’

Friends of the Earth

WASHINGTON - Citing project delays, the Department of Energy announced it would cease funding FutureGen 2.0, an experimental coal facility in Meredosia, Illinois that was intended to capture and sequester carbon emissions. FutureGen 2.0 is the second iteration after the initial idea of a zero emission coal facility proved unworkable.

Friends of the Earth Climate and energy campaigner Lukas Ross issues the following response:



The coal hard facts


There is no such thing as “clean” coal. Coal will only produce more air pollution, more acid rain, and many other destructive affects. We don’t need it.


“Clean coal” was never really about capturing and sequestering carbon, it’s about capturing and sequestering the argument about global warming. As long as the prospect of clean coal can be dangled before a gullible electorate the politicians can do nothing whilst claiming to have the problem under control. Clean coal, we are told, will fix everything. Common sense says otherwise. Just think for a moment about a furnace that burns hundreds of tonnes of coal each day and imagine what you might do to collect all that carbon dioxide and isolate it forever from the atmosphere. Then imagine doing that at very little cost. Never going to happen.