“Clean Coal”

You gotta love the notion of clean coal, talk about branding, here is a great video trying to pursued folks that there is actually such a thing.  Sad part is that it just might work to convince people that its true.




  1. It's a neat, and old, commercial. I think I saw this on TV 2+ years ago at least. I'm all for the push for clean energy. If someone can come up with a way to make coal 98% clean then why not use it? It's cheap and we've got plenty of it. Granted we don't have a limitless supply, but this is why we should continue to push for renewable energy all around. It's a two pronged attack: push current infrastructure to get clean and find new clean, renewable sources of energy for the future.
    Side Note: Making solar panels wasn't a clean process for the technology's first 20 years. It's only now that we're looking at everything from a net energy in vs out point of view that we notice a lot of this. Being truly green is tough and it will take us some time to get there.

  2. I agree with Derek, points to the coal industry for at least taking steps in the right direction, and I'll take "clean" coal over nuclear any day.

    Even the green technologies involve a lot of nasty materials. Derek pointed out the solar panels, but the perminate magnets which power most wind, hydro, or steam turbines are also full of rare earth and heavy materials. I guess the only proper "carbon neutral" solution is burning wood. I'm still waiting for people to descide the only way to truely save the earth is to leave it. Mine the asteroids!!!

  3. To get an idea of how clean coal mining and coal burning is, take a look at the disaster in Tennessee last year when ash flooded the Tennessee River. That story is not ended. One of the poorest counties in Alabama opted to take the contaminated ash and store it in their landfill for eternity. TVA paid that county to forever poison their soil and water and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

    There is no clean and green solution that will make it due to the immense scale of the problem. The solution is for each individual to make do with less, FAR less energy consumption. That's my attraction to the small house movement. We have to change the way we live, the way we eat, the way we travel. Life has to become far more local and self contained.

    As autumn is pressing on us in the upper midwest, I am thinking about all the cold air leaks in my home, and how to contain each precious BTU this winter. Generations before just thought about buying more propane to fix the problem. We're running ourselves out of the possibility of simply turning up the thermostat.

    We have to cut demand for our limited supply of energy on the Earth.


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