Kevin Grandia

Arkansas Clean Coal Plant a Joke With a Nasty Punchline

A new coal plant in eastern Arkansas is expected to come on line in 2010. The joke is that the supporters of the $1.3 billion coal-fired power plant are pointing to "emerging technology that could capture and store carbon..." (my emphasis)

The nasty punchline (and the reason for the use of "could" instead of "will" in the above quote) is that the likely timeline for the deployment of commercial-scale carbon capture and storage is around 30 years.

Bruce Niles, Sierra Club's National Coal Campaign Director said of the coal plant construction that "[i]f they build all 1,300 megawatts, it will be one of the biggest new sources of global-warming pollution in the U.S. in the last 30 years."

So build the coal plant now, spew heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the air for the next few decades and then maybe, just maybe capture the gases when its way too late to make a difference anyways.

Not a very funny joke. Sorry.

 


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Clean coal is the biggest oxymoron out there. I wish there were still ways people could stand up against buildings being built, or coal mines being dug-- like remember when they used to tie themselves to trees in protest? We need to get back to those days.. Unfortunately they might tase you or use those extreme sound devices to move ya out. YUCK. -Sylvia

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I really appreciate the confidence or should I rather say cockiness of Bruce Niles, because 1300 megawatts is certainly something which should be overlooked. After all, we have seen that time and time there are scenarios of global warming everywhere and especially at the poles. It is too late for us to make a significant change but still we should try our best and that would be to cut down this much electricity. Even medical departments are wary of the potential danger!

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It is really shocking news about Arkansas clean coal plant and its advocacy of so called capturing and storing carbon capabilities. Thanks for sharing the important information.

What a ridiculous argument

What a ridiculous argument to deploy commercial scale carbon capture and storage in 30 years. So the joke is build the coal plant now, spew heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the air for the next few decades and then maybe, just maybe capture the gases when its way too late to make a difference anyways. Thanks.

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I have found article very interesting. We must see through the evil designs of the vested interests. Truth is that coal pollutes more than it serves. Thanks.

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I am very much interested go through this comparative study between the negative implications and positive points of the plants in question. Negative points always weighs more in this case. thanks.

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A little off topic, but yes

A little off topic, but yes the headline is so correct. Coal is not clean, in fact I have an aversion to coal and in particular briquettes. They were the bone of my simple life as a child. Having said that I believe it is a lot cleaner than some of the methods we stoop to in order to keep warm in modern homes. Lets really look to the past and identify what simple products really worked to our sustainability and consumption. Designer Radiators

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Yes! You are so right here. This plant would be a gamble at best. It just doesn't make sense to put so much resource and energy, not to mention capital, into a plant like this. They simply look over the simple fixes, like adding solar panels to roofing, or windmills atop skyscrapers. There are much easier ways to create energy. It makes me wonder who is massaging pockets. And, of course I can't pass up the tribute to Doc Brown here. "1.21 gigawatts!"

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I couldn't agree more with the ridcule you have for the assertion that they are trying to get people to believe they will be using carbon storage mechanisms which won't even come on line for another 30 years. Stuff like this just makes me despair - while carbon is pumped into the atmosphere at an ever increasing rate.

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So build the coal plant now, spew heat-trapping greenhouse gases into the air for the next few decades and then maybe, just maybe capture the gases when its way too late to make a difference anyways.

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