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  •  Sequester the CO2 and burn all the coal... (0+ / 0-)

    ... you want.

    I would take careful mining, and clean burning of coal over frakking and damaging our water supply any day.

    I'm all for using solar and wind and tide and geothermal power to the max, but it is unrealistic to think in this century, even with a sudden 100% societal effort, we can meet our needs with just non-fossil fuel means.

    The far simpler and more realistic strategy is to implement sequestering so our efforts stop damaging the atmospheric chemistry of Earth, and eventually we will shift a huge % of production into renewable's.

    Half the propaganda about coal is evil.... comes from the GAS industry. We mine'd coal for over 100 years without destroying the water supply, GAS fracking can accomplish that in just a few years if we don't knock it off.

    Further, one of the side issues of moving to both renewables locally, and electric transportation is... the LOCAL power wiring in the US cannot handle the shift and will all need to be replaced, literally 100's of thousands of miles of wiring.... and we don't hear a peep about that scientific reality.

    •  So you like wasting money. (1+ / 0-)
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      joe from Lowell

      Every utility that has built a coal plant in the last decade has had huge rate increases. Coal is not cheap. Proposed carbon capture coal plants have been abandoned because it can't be done economically.

      Compared to renewables, building coal with carbon capture produces energy that's far, far more expensive. It will also take much longer to build, especially once you factor in the billions it will take to build new CO2 pipelines cris-crossing the country to sequestration sites.

      So if you want to have higher electric rates (wind is cheaper than new coal), waste billions of dollars and STILL have dirty energy that poisons water with carcinogens then it makes sense to push for carbon capture. It has to be the most moronic energy option on the table.

    •  Mining coal doesn't hurt the water supply? (1+ / 0-)
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      Sequestering carbon and making coal-burning clean is "simple?"

      I'll take careful mining and clean coal burning any day, too. I'll also take weight-reducing ice cream, and liquor that makes me a better driver.

      You're right the the gas companies are pushing information that coal is evil. The thing is, they're right.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Mon Jul 29, 2013 at 04:25:07 PM PDT

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