More politics on energy

Here’s another energy-based issue that both US presidential candidates seem to agree on: the development of clean coal.

According to the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), both Obama and McCain recognized the need for clean coal technology in order to utilize abundant coal resource in the US for energy source.

“I am a big proponent of clean-coal technology and I want us to move rapidly in developing those sequestration technologies that are required. A huge percentage of our electricity is generated by coal. What we need to do though is to put clean coal technology on the fast track and that means money. It means investment in research.” – Obama

“Perhaps no advancement in energy technology could mean more to America than the clean burning of coal and the capture and storage of carbon emissions. This single achievement will open vast amounts of our oldest and most abundant resource. And it will deliver not only electricity but jobs to some of the areas hardest hit by our economic troubles.” – McCain

Some green groups agree…as long as both candidates make sure the coal they’re talking about will really be clean.
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One Response to More politics on energy

  1. Pradeep 4 November, 2008 at 10:55 pm #

    IMO, some key aspects of “clean coal” technologies are:
    1.Sulfur removal, preferably before combustion, using gasification technologies.
    2. NOx emission reductions from turbines and the like.
    3. Capture a majority of the CO2 emissions either post/pre-combustion.
    4. Minimize emissions of other harmful (mercury, selenium, etc.) pollutants.
    5. Minimize other environmental impacts (acid mine drainage, landscape restoration etc.).
    Two important challenges are the capital cost associated with various gasification technologies, and the cost of retrofitting old power plants.

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