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Underground Coal Gasification – Coming Soon to Wyoming?
After years of talk, things are starting to get real: developers are looking at pioneering underground coal gasification (“UCG”) projects in Wyoming. Some may see these projects as first steps to finally producing truly clean energy from coal, while others may perceive them as unnecessary, risky experiments. What’s the truth?…
No More Fossil Energy Without Carbon Capture
We have no choice but to develop low carbon coal technology. By 2015 China will have more than 950GW of coal power – three times the level in the U.S. Unlike plants in the U.S. though, the vast majority of the Chinese coal plants are brand new and will likely…
Natural Gas: Palliative, Not a Cure
Plentiful and cheap natural gas is the Prozac of American energy policy. It may take the edge off of some of our worst symptoms in the near term. But it can also dull us to solving key long term and chronic problems, especially regarding climate change. And, as with any…
Message to the EPA Administrator: Power Plant MACT Rules Must Meet Best In Breed Standard
Dear Ms. Jackson: EPA’s recent industrial boiler air toxics regulations – even compared with the draft rules proposed last Spring – disappointed on several significant fronts. As we at Clean Air Task Force see it, EPA’s “Boiler MACT” rule: Weakened emission limits by transparently fiddling with and adding new boiler…
Practical Cooperation on Coal, Climate
In his just-published remarks to the Washington Post prior to Wednesday’s upcoming summit with President Obama, Chinese President Hu called for “common ground” and “practical cooperation” between the two countries. From the standpoint of confronting our greatest mutual challenge — global climate change — the two largest emitters of greenhouse…
Geological CO2 storage: Risky Business or Promising Solution?
Worldwide, a staggering 36 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) are emitted into the atmosphere each year, with 25% of the total coming from power generation. The good news is: today’s technology can already capture CO2 emissions from fossil energy plants and inject and permanently lock them deep underground…
EPA’s New Rules Pave Way for Geologic Sequestration of CO2
It may sound like science fiction, but what if we could “scrub” all the carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants and inject it deep into the Earth, permanently locking it up in rocks? Well, this is fact, not fiction, and it’s called carbon capture and sequestration (CCS). And it…