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    A Siegel

    First, let me say that I am glad that the coal industry has been dragged in to supporting regulations now that all of their other efforts (especially denial) have failed - and, of course, the banks are scurrying away from these plants almost as fast as from subprime mortgages.

    Second, I have major problems with the false frame you have created with "clean coal" -  we all know the big deceit this embodies in current coal industry practice - from mountaintop removal, to black lung disease, to dead river runoff....all the way to the elephant in the room - greenhouse gases.  As you know, the cigarette industry was able to maintain a certain level of disinformation - but we all know how that ended.

    Third, I read through the 12 policies, and here is what they say to me - let me know where I am wrong:

    The coal industry supports carbon regulations if no limits are placed on building new coal-fired power plants without CCS, that no liability for the failure of any sequestration plan be placed on the polluter, that no state be able to limit GHG emissions, and that, until that day when (if ever) the coal folks come up with a CCS widget, that there be unlimited   CO2 emissions from the burning of coal that can be offset by somebody else's actions.    Oh, I almost forgot one principle, the coal industry wants about $200 billion taxpayer dollars to figure out this CCS thing.

    Is that your position?

    "..until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed" Abe Lincoln (11-21-1864)

    by oregonj on Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 04:30:04 PM PDT

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