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Should We Pursue Clean Coal
Transcript of Should We Pursue Clean Coal
Andrew Jacobs Should We Pursue Clean Coal? Should We Pursue
Clean Coal? We have
used coal for a long time "Clean Coal" Coal's Advantages Abundance Economics Environmentally
Safe Economics Environmental Coal's Disadvantages (Stansberry 2008) Kingston, Tennessee Effects of Sequestered CO2 Not Complete Mitigation of Environmental Impacts Efficiency 10-40%
More Expensive Long-term costs U.S. Investment Powers
almost half of
production 272 billion
tons of coal Our
energy source Byproduct Removal: Soot
storage Rebuttal Oil's
Impacts Nonrenewable resources
can never be "abundant" (Duke Energy 2010) (Setti 2009) (FutureGen Alliance 2010) (European Union 2002) $5.2 billion (Tucker 2007) (Greenpeace 2005) (American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity 2012) (American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity 2012) (U.S Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Lab 2012) (American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity 2012) (American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity 2012) (U.S Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Lab 2012) (U.S Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Lab 2012) (Environmental Protection Agency 2012) Elizabeth Buckley David Clancy Andrew Jacobs (Planethopia 2010) Coal has been in use
since the time of cavemen,
who knew how to burn coal in it's first
stage, called peat, for heating.
(Innovateus 2011) The first systematic use
of coal in North America comes
from the Hopi Indian tribe around 1300 who used coal for baking pottery,
cooking, and heating.
(Martelle 2009) 1748 - First commercial coal mine opens near Richmond Virginia
1874 - "King Coal" is born when Franklin B. McGowen forms a cartel after buying several mining companies.
(Martel 2009) Coal is still a mainstay in meeting our energy demands. (Farber 2012) 73% of the coal-fired electrical plants
in the U.S. are at least 30 years old (Barrett 2012) 42% of the energy produced in the US for 2011 came from coal (America's Power 2012) That's equivalent
to 3.4 tons of coal per
capita annually (NMA 2012) About 10% of the coal
produced in the US comes from mountain top
removal mining in Appalachia. (Think Global Green 2011) (Mountain Top Removal Road Show 2010) 13% of the land in
America contains some coal in the ground.
(CBAA 2012) R&R Partners, the creators of "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" slogan were paid by the US government to create "Clean Coal" as well as the ads promoting the idea (Conniff 2008). (My Shop Kart 2012) Clean coal includes technologies such as
scubbers, gasification, cleaning the coal before burning,
and carbon capture and storage/sequestration.
(ACC 2012) Carbon Capture and storage involves capturing CO2 emmissions and transporting them before storing them underground.
(CCSA 2012) Disadvantages Advangtages