The Truth about "Clean Coal"

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    All coal firing plants emit thousands of of (tons) of carbon dioxide (a greenhouse gas),
    sulfer dioxide (an acid rain ingredient), nitrous oxide and mercury into the air. Clean-coal technology proposes storing some of the carbon dioxide underground in a liquefied form.
    The technology is called carbon capture storage. It is anticipated that this will take an additional 25 percent more energy above and beyond what is being produced for normal use.
    Also the mountain top removal issue which is a disaster all it's own.

    The cost of constructing such technology would double the cost of a new plant. Storing this
    liquefied CO2 is setting the table for additional environmental problems.
    This technology is not environmentally wise, since there is no guarantee that the underground storage will not leak.

    The technology can not be retrofitted to an existing plant, at least not economically.
    Thus, current coal-fired facilities will run until their 50 year retirement age is reached.
     
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    What is your point?
     
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    It appears that my point is, all the name calling and pointless claims to knowledge regarding this topic from the defenders of this
    out dated technology, are unseen and heard.:eusa_whistle:
     
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    Or maybe because the notion of storing CO2 in liquefied form, to play along with a pseudo-scientific hoax, is absurd to more people than you seem to believe.
     
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    Why would defenders of CO2 geologic sequestration need to defend it? It was happening years ago in various and sundry oil fields around the globe, it is happening today, it will be happening tomorrow. It is no more outdated than is the wheel.
     
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    And it is often very leaky.
     
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    Sure. Residual trapping of CO2 is an interesting topic in and of itself, not that this idea is the original posters intent. The issue will, as usual, probably boil down to basic economics rather than the technical difficulty of the process.
     
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    'Clean coal' is not a termed based in reality, it is political propaganda.
     
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    And by applying your logic, just continue on the path we are headed because learning from our mistakes is out of the question.
    Is fouling our nest something we teach our children? Because what I am witnessing here is very irresponsible thinking.
     
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    Do you have a yard at home that we can store it in?
     
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