LETTER: Clean coal? No such thing

If you have paid any attention to recent energy solutions you would have heard about President Obama's biggest plan -- clean coal. O
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

If you have paid any attention to recent energy solutions you would have heard about President Obama's biggest plan -- clean coal. Obama along with coal companies are spending millions of dollars to produce advertising for clean coal, but I doubt you know that there is not a single home in America that is powered by clean coal. Another staggering fact is that there isn't even a single clean coal plant in America. Not only does clean coal not exist in the United States, but coal is the dirtiest way we produce electricity. It is kind of ironic how the Democrats are fighting global warming, yet supporting one of the leading sources of global warming pollution -- coal. There isn't, and hasn't been, a single large-scale demonstration of clean coal yet in the United States.

There are six hundred coal plants producing electricity in the United States, yet not a single one of them captures and stores its global warming pollution. But you may say, what about the outlook, surely the new proposed coal factories in the U.S. will be cleaner? No, just as before, the newly proposed coal factories will be releasing 100 percent of their carbon dioxide emissions straight up into the atmosphere. As of this point in time, the capturing and storing of carbon dioxide is just a myth in the United States, and looks like it's forming into another piece of false hope.

Josh Schaffter

Sandusky

Editor's note: Five coal-fired power plants, including Bay Shore Edison on Lake Erie near Toledo, are part of a study into the costs and benefits of installing carbon-capture technology on existing coal plants, according to the Electric Power Research Institute.