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Fri, 2008-03-28 11:04Kevin Grandia
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Is Burying Carbon in the Ground the Answer to the Woes of Coal?


They call it “clean coal. ” They tell us that the pollution problem is “fixed” and the solution to the greenhouse gas implication is just around the corner.

They say, “Don't worry that burning coal releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than any other fuel source . We'll soon 'sequester' that stuff: we'll bury it in the ground.”

How soon?

Burying the carbon produced from the burning of coal, so called Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS), isn't as simple as the coal advocates would have us think. At the rate CCS technology is being developed, Richard Branson will have figured out how to send tourists to Moon before we see anyone storing significant amounts of carbon under our feet.

Wed, 2008-03-26 10:29Kevin Grandia
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Sunflower Power President's "No Fuel Bias" Questionable in Kansas

The tangled web of rhetoric and PR spin is being tightly wove as the Kansas coal plant fight continues.

Case in point, Earl Watkins Jr. is the President and CEO of Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, the company who recently lost its bid to build two new coal plants in Kansas and he's been making the rounds in the State Legislator trying to convince politicians that his company, “… has no fuel bias, meaning they're doing what provides the best fuel supply at the best price.”

Watkin's “no fuel bias” is a little hard to believe when the same Earl Watkins Jr. sits on the Board of Directors of the Western Fuels Association, a cooperative business that supplies 17 million tons of coal to electric generating plants across the United States.

Tue, 2008-03-25 10:42Kevin Grandia
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Kansas Coal Power Proposal a Significant Risk to Ratepayers

A new report has been released providing further evidence that Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius made the right decision in vetoing a Bill calling for the expansion of coal-fired electricity generation in that State.

Thu, 2008-03-20 12:30Kevin Grandia
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DeSmogBlog in the New York Times today

DeSmogBlog was referenced today in a New York Times article on the battle over coal power in the US

Tue, 2008-03-18 16:02Kevin Grandia
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Duke Energy Talking Out Both Sides of Its Mouth

Power generation giant Duke Energy can't talk the green talk, without walking the green walk on climate change.

Check out our online petition at the end of this post. 

Business Week ran a story recently highlighting US Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) members who appear to be playing both sides of the fence when it comes to the issue of global warming and greenhouse gas reduction.

Tue, 2008-03-18 13:46Kevin Grandia
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The Clean Coal Scam and the Carbon Sequestration Myth

UK columnist George Monbiot penned a piece today on the UK government's clean coal “great green scam.”

The scam Monbiot is referring to revolves around the notion of the potential for coal-fired electrical generation plants to bury their produced carbon in the ground, so called carbon capture and storage (CCS).

Large scale CCS is expensive and unproven technology being used by coal enthusiasts to convince governments and the public that coal is not a worry when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions.
Wed, 2008-01-30 10:57Kevin Grandia
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Cheap "Clean Coal" Myth Takes Hit From US Department of Energy

It seems that come hell or high water, the coal industry will do about anything to convince us that “clean coal” technology is an affordable energy solution.

They're even willing to burn hundreds of millions of US taxpayers dollars to convince us.

Today, the US Department of Energy announced it will pull out of a $1.8 billion “clean coal” demonstration project called FutureGen.

Wed, 2008-01-23 14:57Kevin Grandia
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Americans For Balanced Energy Choices Pennsylvania "Clean Coal" Campaign Revealed

The other day we revealed the coal industry's PR plans for the State of Nevada.

We've now obtained a similar PR strategy document for Pennsylvania State.

Selling the virtues of “clean coal” on behalf of the coal industry has been undertaken by an organization calling itself the “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices” (ABEC).

ABEC has reportedly received $35 million from the some of the largest coal companies in the world, including Peabody Energy, CONSOL Energy and Arch Coal to convince America that coal is the answer to our energy and environmental concerns.

Mon, 2008-01-21 13:09Kevin Grandia
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Americans For Balanced Energy Choices "Clean Coal" PR Spin Campaign Revealed

So what does a multi-million dollar PR campaign trying to put a green shiny face on the dirtiest energy sector look like?

Wed, 2008-01-09 13:03Mitchell Anderson
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The Expensive Myth of Clean Coal

“Clean coal” is a term that is getting a lot of coverage these days but the moniker makes as much sense as calling Paris Hilton “pedantic”.
 
As a fuel source, coal is as filthy as they come – emitting about 67% more CO2 per unit of energy than natural gas.

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