There is no such thing as clean coal

This post was written by marc on October 15, 2008
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

I keep hearing the phrase “clean coal” along with “drill baby drill” as if these are real solutions to our energy problem. There is no clean coal. Coal is a dirty fuel from the mining to the releasing of carbon dioxide into the air. Drill baby drill just changes the location for a short period of time where we will get a little of our dirty oil. This planet is heating up and oil can coal will turn this planet into a hell for our great grandchildren. Nuclear doesn’t give off carbon dioxide, but it has a waste and weapons problem.

People – we have no choice. We have to do it right. We can no longer turn our backs on reality. Look at what happened to the economy when we ignored reality. Wind and solar have enough power to meet our energy needs if we get to work right away and develop the technology to make it happen. We need a new electrical grid to transfer the power. We need to battery and ultra-capacitor technology to store energy for electric cars. We have been stupid for the last 8 years. The first step towards solving the problem starts on election day. If we are going to survive and thrive we are going to decide not to reelect the very same people who caused the problem. Our best days are ahead of us only if we as a people take responsibility for our choices to make sure that tomorrow is going to be better than today.

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