Cheap "Clean Coal" Myth Takes Hit From US Department of Energy

Cheap "Clean Coal" Myth Takes Hit From US Department of Energy
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It seems that come hell or high water, the coal industry will do about anything to convince us that “clean coal” technology is an affordable energy solution.

They’re even willing to burn hundreds of millions of US taxpayers dollars to convince us.

Today, the US Department of Energy announced it will pull out of a $1.8 billion “clean coal” demonstration project called FutureGen.

FutureGen is meant to test the commercial and environmental viability of using coal to generate energy while capturing the carbon dioxide and storing it underground. Scientists say the greenhouse gas is one of the drivers of climate change.

On the announcement, Dave Roberts at Grist writes:

What’s behind the decision? “Ballooning costs.” But wait … I thought coal was cheap!?”

The costs of the FutureGen “clean coal” project have jumped from $800 million in 2003 to anticipated $1.33 billion.

With this announcement today by the DOE, it appears that the hope of “clean coal” remains to be nothing more than a distant twinkle in the eye of the coal lobby.

But that won’t stop industry-funded third party groups like the “Americans for Balanced Energy Choices,” who will no doubt continue to pour (and probably increase the flow) millions of dollars into advertising and public relations to convince us that “clean coal” is a bargain basement solution to America’s energy problems.

Cheap "Clean Coal" Myth Takes Hit From US Department of Energy

Kevin is a contributor and strategic adviser to DeSmogBlog.

He runs the digital marketing agency Spake Media House. Named a “Green Hero” by Rolling Stone Magazine and one of the “Top 50 Tweeters” on climate change and environment issues, Kevin has appeared in major news media outlets around the world for his work on digital campaigning.

Kevin has been involved in the public policy arena in both the United States and Canada for more than a decade. For five years he was the managing editor of DeSmogBlog.com. In this role, Kevin’s research into the “climate denial industry” and the right-wing think tank networks was featured in news media articles around the world. He is most well known for his ground-breaking research into David and Charles Koch’s massive financial investments in the Republican and tea party networks.

Kevin is the first person to be designated a “Certified Expert” on the political and community organizing platform NationBuilder.

Prior to DeSmogBlog, Kevin worked in various political and government roles. He was Senior Advisor to the Minister of State for Multiculturalism and a Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Asia Pacific, Foreign Affairs for the Government of Canada. Kevin also worked in various roles in the British Columbia provincial government in the Office of the Premier and the Ministry of Health.

In 2008 Kevin co-founded a groundbreaking new online election tool called Vote for Environment which was later nominated for a World Summit Award in recognition of the world’s best e-Content and innovative ICT applications.

Kevin moved to Washington, DC in 2010 where he worked for two years as the Director of Online Strategy for Greenpeace USA and has since returned to his hometown of Vancouver, Canada.

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