Clean Coal = More Coal

1 comment January 27th, 2009at 10:27pm Posted by Eli

Apparently, making coal “clean” uses so much energy that you end up needing 25% more coal to compensate:

In fact, because carbon capture requires a roughly 25-percent increase in energy from the coal plant, about 25 percent more coal is needed, increasing mountaintop removal and increasing non-carbon air pollution from power plants, he said.

My question is, would that be considered a bug or a feature for the coal-producing states that the clean-coal gospel panders to?  I mean, not only does clean coal make coal magically okay, but it means coal consumers would have to buy 25% more of it.  It’s a win-win!

(Why yes, I am assuming that environmental impacts are not a consideration – why do you ask?)

(h/t kirk)

Entry Filed under: Energy,Environment,Politics,Science

1 Comment

  • 1. Cujo359  |  January 28th, 2009 at 4:28 am

    That more energy is required to further process coal isn’t surprising. The only question I had was “how much more?” Apparently, that’s 25 percent.

    I’m sure the coal industry loves them the clean coal even more thanks to that added requirement, but I think the main reason they love it is that it postpones the day when we phase coal out as a significant energy source.

    As that big pond of poisonous goo in Tennessee showed, there’s some logic in finding a cleaner alternative.


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