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Amid ‘alternative’ craze, why not fund clean coal?

May 14, 2014

It makes no sense for the U.S. government to be concentrating on ways to stop use of our most plentiful, economical source of energy — coal — instead of finding better ways to benefit from it....

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Legalectric

May-16-14 11:40 AM

Why not fund it? Because it'd be throwing money down a rathole. Take a look at the Minnesota PUC docket for the Excelsior Energy Mesaba Project, which the PUC turned down because it was way too expensive to foist on the ratepayers. Capital costs was, at that time, $3,795/kw, and what was originally billed as a $800 million 600MW plant became a $2.3 billion 600MW plant! The Indiana coal gasification plant has doubled in costs and got so out of hand that their utilities commission has ordered that they cover cost overruns. Although the Obama administration pushes subsidies for coal (he's from a coal state and has taken money from coal lobbyists), and although many "environmental" organizations have taken money to promote coal gasification (Izaak Walton League, MCEA, Fresh Energy, Clean Wisconsin, ELPC, etc.), there is no such thing as clean coal. You can get more information on coal gasification at Legalectric, search for "Mesaba" and "Pipedreams of Green

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JoeFairmont

May-15-14 8:11 AM

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upnorth

May-15-14 7:38 AM

Blue. I'm a betting that jeffkvb1 don't eat beef either?? No changing him.

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blue5011

May-14-14 9:52 PM

Listening to MPR today was a segment about the Chinese storing CO2 and selling it as an industrial product.

China Puts Fizz In Bid To Reduce Carbon Emissions

w w w . mprnews . org / story / npr / 102920210

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blue5011

May-14-14 9:44 PM

"There is no such thing as clean coal, period."

Ok. Where is all this magical electric energy going to come from jeffkvb1? Germany has shutdown nuke plants only to find that the solar and wind will not **reasonably** supply enough power for the country. Guess what, Germany is building **new** coal power plants.

I don't like paying what i am NOW for electricity, much less when the cost quadruples a few years from now.

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jeffkvb1

May-14-14 5:14 PM

There is no such thing as clean coal, period. It either produces particulate or gaseous pollution, or carbon dioxide and can't be considered clean.

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