16 Aug 2010

“Clean Coal is Still Years Away”

Frum Forum has a nice post going over some of the plethora of hurdles that stand between us and so called “clean coal” technology adoption. Frankly I’ve yet to see anything that leads me to believe that its going to be viable even in the long run, but ya never know I guess.

The political issue is also quite the mountain to climb, since coal producing states would stand to lose tons of relatively low skill and high paying jobs if coal starts to slip in our national energy mix. But even if we got past that somehow…

capturing and burying large quantities of CO2 has never been tried at the colossal scale that would be necessary to keep coal plant emissions out of the atmosphere.Sure, the Norwegians’ Sleipner demo project is pumping a million metric tons of CO2 per year under the seabed. Sleipner is a pinprick. Your garden-variety coal-fired power plant can dump 10 million tons of CO2 into the air every year. The nation’s 1,500 coal plants emit 1,500 times the amount of CO2 that Sleipner sequesters.

Then there is cost, as well as liability, which Frum goes into later on in the post. I hadn’t seen much written about the liability of this before, so if this is an issue you’re interested in, then this would be an article you really would enjoy.

Read on at Frum Forum…

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