Another setback for ‘clean’ coal

• November 15, 2011
Duke Energy's Cliffside Coal Plant

Coal Plant; Cliffside, NC- Creative Commons: Rainforest Action Network, 2011

The enduring promise of “clean coal”–previously compared in this space to a Magic Pony–also has a lot in common with the White Queen’s promise of jam to Alice inThrough the Looking Glass: “The rule is–jam to-morrow, but never jam today.” Clean coal, to coal boosters, is always just around the corner–except that now it’s just around the next corner, or maybe the one after that. Asreported in the New York Times, the leading U.S. effort to capture CO2 from coal-burning power plants, FutureGen, ”has hit a stumbling block.”

Due to financial difficulties,  Midwestern power company Ameren, which was to provide FutureGen with its test facility, is backing out of the project. The federal government is financing the effort with $1 billion in stimulus money, but it has to be spent before 2015–now a very daunting effort. Perhaps the private sector will come to rescue? Dream on, says the Times:“[E]xperts on coal-fired emissions say that without government help, it is unlikely that the private sector will risk the money necessary for a first-of-a-kind engineering project.”

Read more: Sierra Daily >>


Comments (0)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

There are no comments yet. Why not be the first to speak your mind.

Comments are closed.

About the Author

TckTckTck is the online hub for the Global Call for Climate Action. The GCCA represents an unprecedented alliance of more than 400 nonprofit organizations from around the world. Our shared mission is to mobilize civil society and galvanize public support to ensure a safe climate future for people and nature, to promote the low-carbon transition of our economies, and to accelerate the adaptation efforts in communities already affected by climate change.

View Author Profile