carbon capture and storage

Top coal CEO pessimistic about carbon capture and storage

One of the most compelling chapters in the PBS Frontline 2-hour special on global warming that aired earlier this week was the segment on America's Addiction to Coal. PBS dives headfirst into the myth of clean coal and pretty much tears it apart using something we don't often see these days when it come US energy issues: facts.

And the most complete take-down of "clean coal" in the segment came from the CEO of the second largest coal electricity company in the US.

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Carbon Capture and Storage Plans a Pipe Dream?

Energy bosses at this week's World Petroleum Congress (WPC) are keen to promote carbon capture and storage (CCS) as the solution to global warming and greenhouse gas emissions.

But experts are warning not to run to the bank just yet as a dicovery Channel news article asks: Is Carbon Capture a Pipe Dream?


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Arkansas Clean Coal Plant a Joke With a Nasty Punchline

A new coal plant in eastern Arkansas is expected to come on line in 2010. The joke is that the supporters of the $1.3 billion coal-fired power plant are pointing to "emerging technology that could capture and store carbon..." (my emphasis)

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Special Report: The Future of Energy

This weeks issue of the Economist tackles the enormous topic of “The future of energy”.

The article adresses solar, geothermal, biofuels, electric cars, nuclear power, and our favorite pipedream technology- carbon storage.

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Clean Coal Facts and Fiction on CNBC

Roanoke Times: Clean Coal is an oxymoron

Clean coal is an oxymoron. No kidding.

A great editorial this morning in Vermont's Roanoke Times on the idea of investing millions in clean coal technology and carbon capture and storage, when more affordable and proven renewable technologies are already further along in development and will be the answer to America's energy woes in the long term.

The editorial rightly concludes that:

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Clean or Not, Coal Ain’t Cheap

Yesterday’s announcement by New York City Comptroller William E. Thompson Jr requesting a review of the financial and environmental risks associated with the use of tax-exempt financing for the construction of new coal-fired power plants is the latest in a string of what I would call ‘learning moments’ for the financial sector.


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IEA Report: More than a trillion dollars needed to "decarbonise" coal in the next 40 years

A new report by the International Energy Agency released today concludes that we will need to invest well over $1 trillion in the next 40 years to make coal-fired generation plants climate friendly.

The report's lead author, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, states that:

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Carbon Capture and Storage: A Coal and Electricity Industry Pipedream

The bottom line is that Carbon Capture and Storage is not ready for prime time

Well they’re at it again.

The coal industry has found yet another way to greenwash coal as an environmentally sound source of electricity through a concept called, “Carbon Capture and Storage” (or Sequestration), CCS.

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