What’s “cleaner coal”?

June 26, 2009 by Ken Ward Jr.

It will spur the development of low-carbon sources of energy — everything from wind, solar, and geothermal power to safe nuclear energy and cleaner coal. It will spur new energy savings like the efficient windows and other materials that reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer.

President Barack Obama

Mining and utility industry folks would love us all to use the phrase “clean coal,” while environmental groups call the phrase an oxymoron.

Now, President Obama has adopted a slightly different term — “cleaner coal” — in his speech yesterday pushing for passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act.  Here’s that passage of his speech:

Right now, the House of Representatives is moving towards a vote of historic proportions on a piece of legislation that will open the door to a new clean energy economy.

For more than three decades, we’ve talked about our dependence on foreign oil. And for more than three decades, we’ve seen that dependence grow. We’ve seen our reliance on fossil fuels jeopardize our national security. We’ve seen it pollute the air we breathe and endanger our planet. And most of all, we’ve seen that others countries realize a critical truth: The nation that leads in the creation of a clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the 21st century global economy.

Now is the time for the United States of America to realize this, as well. Now is the time for us to lead. The energy bill before the House will finally create a set of incentives that will spark a clean energy transformation of our economy. It will spur the development of low-carbon sources of energy — everything from wind, solar, and geothermal power to safe nuclear energy and cleaner coal. It will spur new energy savings like the efficient windows and other materials that reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer.

And here’s the video, courtesy of Bloomberg and YouTube:

4 Responses to “What’s “cleaner coal”?”

  1. roselle says:

    Not surprising. Just more words that we must read like tea leaves. Cleaner coal must mean and end to blasting away mountains. But no, he did not say that. But everyone knows that it is but a few coal state politicians that are keeping Obama from saying what everyone already knows is true. Mountain top removal is legal, immoral and should end immediately. These politicians are afraid of Don Blankensip and his friends, who will do everything in their power to unseat them if ever they admit one word of the truth. This was was convincingly conveyed to the Senate and anyone who was listening during yesterdays hearing.

    Perhaps it is time for the Federal Government to just step in and take over the coal industry before it collapses like the financial and auto industries, leaving behind thousands of workers who had no say in their future. Clearly, coal industry management is not prepared for the future, and this is creating an increasingly dangerous situation for the economy and the environment of West Virginia. If they go bankrupt, who will take care of the workers and pay for the damages?

    And perhaps the important benefit of a Government takeover is that it will remove the single most corrupting influence on West Virginia’s democratic institutions; coal money.

  2. roselle says:

    that would be MTR is illegal
    I do not like spell check sometimes.

  3. Bill Howley says:

    Just a note on the resuscitated FutureGen project in Illinois. This is the hugely taxpayer subsidized federal project to produce electricity with zero carbon emissions.

    Even with more taxpayer money and the support of the President who hails from Illinois, AEP and Southern Company, the two largest coal-fired electrical generators in the US, have pulled out of the project.

    Looks like the electrical power industry doesn’t have the stomach for “clean” coal, even if taxpayers foot most of the bill.

  4. watcher says:

    Roselle…… THe president wouldnt dare step in and take over the coal industry, after all a few coal state politicians are keeping him from saying what everyone already knows is true. ……. And then theres Don Blankinship.

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