Coal contains millions of years of pent up carbon dioxide, including other air polluting chemicals. Therefore, burning coal releases those chemicals. While technology exists to scrub some chemicals out of the exhaust, the carbon and chemicals must go somewhere. Carbon sequestration helps, but there is not enough technology or manpower to sequestrate all the carbon dioxide released. That is why "clean" coal cannot exist.
Coal is a product which has a long history of being dirty, with mining and the accidents that go with them. Coal causes acid rain that takes layers off of paint, and it turns the skies black, with their factories. Suddenly, they have the technology to make this industry clean, at the same time that the country wants to go green. Most reports on clean coal technology do not have it being ready for use before 2025. So, with a technology that doesn't even exist, and with the country going green the only way to keep coal relevant as a power source, it is now advertised as a green technology. This is why coal lobbyists and coal advertisements are pushing clean.
The idea of "clean coal" is a desperate attempt for the coal industry to stay relevant. As an energy source, coal's time has come and gone. Also, the notion that coal can be "clean" is not necessarily sound. However the coal is burned, it still needs to be extracted from the ground and refined. There is still a lot of potential for pollution there.
I'm basing this on what I've heard all my life. My parents grew up in the days when most people heated with coal or wood, and they always said coal was the dirtiest way to heat your house. I've lived in a home with coal heat and, while I found it comfortable, in no way could it be called clean. Unless the coal lobbyists have found a new toxin and odorless form of coal, clean coal is propaganda.
Nearly 100 million gallons of waste water are produced by burning coal in a year. At the same time, it also produces 120 million tons of solid waste. These are undeniable facts that contradict "clean coal".
Mention the word "lobbyist" to any American and I'll bet the first few words that comes to mind are "greedy" and "liars". They're like puppets on a string. Coal contains a lot of mercury and other pollutants. Remember Black lung?? If coal ash is doing that to a person's lungs, imagine what it's doing to the environment while it's burning. While it may potentially one day in the future be "clean burning", today, lobbyist are just saying whatever it takes to line their pockets.
Since the Nixon administration, there has been concern to maintain clean industry practices. However, this concern became just another way to promote dirty industries, by creating propaganda that aligns with the new green standards of production. The problem is that most of the time these standards are not met, specially in coal mining.
Clean coal propaganda is created by coal lobbyists because they are putting their own interests first. Coal is a dirty source of energy. Clean coal is an oxymoron. Coal lobbyists are spending nearly 50 million dollars on advertising propaganda to try to convince the gullible to protect their own interests. Coal burning is polluting our air and there is nothing clean about it. Coal is dirty and so are coal lobbyists.
Who else would be writing it? There may be some research to back up their claims of "clean coal" however the propaganda written to disseminate the ideas about clean coal are certainly written by coal supporters and lobbyists. That is the definition of propaganda: language written to persuade or convince.
I believe that the clean coal propaganda was created by coal lobbyists, as they specialize in the coal manufacturing.
The technology simply isn't in place yet to have clean burning coal. I live between two coal fired power plants and mercury is a huge consideration. There is no technology being used today nor regulation of mercury being released into the air at power plants. Other than mercury, there are other pollutants, coal ash to be dealt with and many other problems including mountain top removal which is the source of most of the coal being burned in power plants. Clean coal is of course promoted by the coal lobby as a way to convince the public that coal is not polluting the environment.
Clean coal technology does not exist. Scientists worldwide agree on that. Even if we do come up with the technology it only masks the problem by storing carbon dioxide deep within a mountain or underground where it will remain because there is no implemented solution to converting carbon dioxide back into oxygen within the clean coal proposals. This leads me to believe it is a ploy by the coal industry to remain operable and to keep their profits rolling in. Real solutions are not cost effective to a profiteering industry controlled by greedy CEO's.
I believe this to be true though in most situations. The propaganda shoved down the Americans' throats is usually produced and distributed by wealthy lobbyists with ulterior motives. While there is probably some facts in the propaganda, a lot of it is twisted facts and taken out of context studies.
Getting coal out of the ground has a negative effect on the environment no matter how it's done. Burning coal for fuel creates pollution. Wind power is the cleanest form of energy. People who are in the coal business want to continue making money in coal, so they are trying to clean up their image using the buzzword "clean coal."
Studies have shown that no process now known will increase the productivity of coal beyond a few percentage points. Coal lobbyists are taking advantage of the public's concern with affordable energy sources.
Ohio State University has been testing this method of clean coal for 15 years. Lobbyists simply don't have that kind of power. The University began the program because of the environmental need. The information provided by OSU isn't fiction, which as we know a great deal of targeted propaganda typically represents. I think this should be viewed for what it is, a technological breakthrough, rather than a plot to destroy the world. I find this simply ridiculous in nature to believe that this was devised by Lobbyists. Perhaps we could say that this information has been used by them certainly. As they should use it and so should everyone who is looking for better solutions. It is indeed an important breakthrough and should be seen as such and not reduced to the sinister objectives of Lobbyists.
US will never run out of coal. Its the largest deposit in the world more than oil around the world. US can be Arabs of this latter-days. But because of oil companies greed they will continue to fool the public. Synthetic fuel which was developed by the Germans in World War II. It was developed to support their war machine because Germany did not have enough oil deposits. Because coal was plenty in Germany, scientist were able to produce gas from coal. A major breakthrough. Coal produces, methane, oil, gas all sorts of energy from that little black rock. Coal can produce enough gasoline to drop the prices to a nickel. That is how much impact it has in the US. Because of these large oil companies not sharing this info because they hold the original formula they continuing misleading the public, sucking the public dry. We will never or ever see it. "The Formula?" Coal producing Gas. Coal is the cleanest energy source proven by German scientist . Propaganda is used to sway prices of gas , to put coal resources astray. What the public does not know is that oil companies will continue to profit. This can be proven. Gather your top Scientist from all the major university who is involved in energy and investigate this. You will be sick to find out the truth.
Major players who are in top of these greedy oil companies will not see heaven. The past and present. The day of judgment has come to past. Amen
Clean coal lobbyists are those who try to educate the public and lawmakers about the usefulness and benefits of coal. Because of advanced processes, burning coal does not contribute significantly to pollution, and it can be much less expensive to use than other sources of energy. Using our vast coal reserves can also free us from dependence on foreign oil. Continued progress in mining coal will make it even more affordable. The "clean coal lobby" tries to convince us that we must move away from oil completely.
I believe that clean coal has nothing to do with coal lobbyists. It is a process to help create a pollution-free environment for years to come. As most of the electric companies use coal for their production, the use of clean coal by these companies will arrest the pollution, and all of us can live in a clean environment.
While I am sure that lobbyists have something to do with clean coal propaganda, all they did was create the idea. There are groups of people that, once they hear a concept that they feel interested them, will carry it above and beyond any initial intention of any company. Of course the lobbyists count on this and will direct their initial information towards these groups, but the propaganda bandwagon takes off with the activists, not the lobbyists.
Clean coal is an improvement in technology, as is so many other things happening in today's world. As our way of doing things evolves, and we learn more about the environment, scientists have been instituting ways to make the capturing of CO2 and then compressing it to a liquid state more affordable and effective. Underground storage will be someday replaced by recycling it into the depleted natural gas fields.