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  •  Clean Coal was a Cheney vision (2+ / 0-)
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    Tons of money has gone into that technology but there is no commercial product from all that research.

    Wyoming is spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to land one or more “clean coal” facilities in the Cowboy State, an investment that Wyoming officials hope will spark the commercialization of cleaner coal technologies throughout the U.S. — a step necessary to keep Powder River Basin coal viable under increasingly tougher emission standards. But there’s frustration among some officials over the fact that Wyoming’s coal technology research has not yet resulted in a commercial project in the state.

    Now, members of Wyoming’s Clean Coal Task Force — which grants millions in coal research dollars — say the coal industry is coming under scrutiny for spending huge amounts of money and political effort to export Wyoming coal to China rather than concentrate its efforts on backing cleaner coal technologies and policies here in the U.S.

    Gasifying coal underground is one of the projects. I can only imagine what danger that would pose to the aquifer.

    Someone should audit the "clean coal" programs in Wyoming before they throw more millions of tax payer's money into it. How many businesses would be allowed to spend all that money with no results?

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 12:31:58 PM PST

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