Clean Coal Needs Another Look

Some in the coal industry have been promoting Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants as the future for “clean coal”. They should probably change their tune. IGCC plants gasify coal, separating the CO2 from its combustible components, primarily hydrogen, Continue reading Clean Coal Needs Another Look

Paying for Carbon

It’s fashionable in some circles to promote placing a price on carbon. For example, Mayor Bloomberg, of New York City, and Al Gore, are two prominent politicians who believe CO2 emissions should be cut – the UN says 80% by Continue reading Paying for Carbon

A Fresh Look at Coal

A large number of coal-fired power plants will be shut down over the next two years. Many applaud this as progress, though real progress would have been to build ultra-supercritical coal-fired power plants in a planned program to replace old Continue reading A Fresh Look at Coal

Clean Coal Debacle

The coal industry has created a problem for itself by saying that “clean coal” refers to Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) power plants where CO2 is captured and stored underground. IGCC plants are exorbitantly expensive to build, costing twice as Continue reading Clean Coal Debacle