Clean coal does not do any thing about the impacts of coal mining. When some one says that they know about clean coal or have experienced it, they have not seen the coal mine and the people that it is affecting. While the coal itself may be clean, the land that it is taken out of is still messed up.
I disagree that "clean coal" impacts coal mining. It is my belief that "clean" coal is just coal repacked following some disastrous PR. After activists drew attention to the absurd environmental devastation, Big Coal needed to keep special interests from devesting. They repacked coal as "clean' and kept doing the same things.