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Re: “South Carolina is a battleground in the debate over America's coal future

Let's wake up. The Arctic is melting, and our "cheap" fossil fuel energy is about to get a lot more expensive. And then there's the pesky issue of investing billions of dollars into infrastructure that will ultimately need to be abandoned, or in industry's terminology, "stranded." Only it's us who will be stranded! So far, eleven "clean" coal-IGCC plants have been cancelled or put on hold (Emerging Energy Research, Oct. 5, 2007, "TECO, Nuon Cancellations Underscore IGCC's Woes.") Since the report was issued, 2 more IGCC's have been cancelled: Colorado and Orlando. Plants are being cancelled they are NOT economic; and although CO2 can be "captured", the entire process, from capture to compression to transportation to re-pressurization to storage -- is enormously expensive and risky. Why go there, when it's cheaper to go with wind and solar? The Orlando plant is notable bc it rec'd $235 million in federal funds, which it must now return. It's such a shame that our country is run by short-sighted, self-interested people who only know dollars -- and show very little respect for human life. We have the technology -- and we use so much energy now that energy efficiency can be the bridge to renewables. Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) is coming in at 10-11 cents/kWh, and fuel is FREE and non-polluting. Coal fired power produces nearly 40% of all CO2, and two-thirds of acid rain (sulfur dioxide)! Plus one third of all mercury. Do we want to leave those cute kids on ABEC's website a dead ocean, ecosystem collapse, drought, rising seas and more hurricanes? Let's wake up. Only the coal industry benefits from "clean" coal. See for a fact sheet on IGCC.

Posted by CleanCoalIsAnOxymoron on December 30, 2007 at 8:19 PM
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