Hold on a minute. Did Bruce Niles just say that maybe “there is such thing as clean coal?”
In the CNN interview above, Bruce Niles (spokesperson for the Sierra Club’s anti-coal effort) said “clean coal means different things to different people.”
I’m really glad to see Bruce say that.
Despite claims to the contrary, we didn’t invent the term “clean coal.” That term has been around for years.
In fact, we used the term as defined by Congress:
a new or existing facility which will achieve significant reductions in
air emissions of sulfur dioxide or oxides of nitrogen associated with
the utilization of coal in the generation of electricity."
- U.S. Senate Bill 911, April 1987
That’s how we’ve described clean coal. But we’ve also gone further. We’ve also said that clean coal technologies will soon include technologies that capture and store CO2.
I’m hopeful that we can end the silliness we’re seeing in some recent TV ads and get back to the serious business of talking about how we will invest in the technologies that we will need to capture and store CO2 from coal-based power plants both here at home and in other countries.