Friday, December 05, 2008

There is no such thing as Clean Coal

I saw this ad played on TV a half dozen times in the hour or so I watched last night.

Yes, the coal plants today are cleaner than the burning of coal 100 years ago, but they are far from clean. The proposed coal plants in Iowa would do nothing to capture the carbon that causes global warming, doesn't capture the mercury that pollutes our water and makes fish unsafe to eat, and do not limit the emittance of small particles that cause athsma. There is no such thing as clean coal right now.

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