Clean Coal Facts v. Fiction

Posted by Joe Lucas at 1:09 pm, July 21, 2009

Like I’m always saying: at ACCCE, we deal with substantiated facts. For example, our oft-cited figures about clean coal technology and government support for its development come from certified reports and analyses—sources we cite when engaging in a debate.

It can be frustrating when folks on the other side of the issue don’t take the same attention to detail.

Take this recent appearance with Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer on Real Time with Bill Maher, where he discusses the merits of clean coal technology with Daily Kos publisher, Markos Moulitsas:

Brian Schweitzer on clean coal | Real Time with Bill Maher

(1:42) Moulitsas: It’s not real. We’re not seeing it; I’d love there to be ponies that fly with little wings and unicorns and whatnot…but at the end of the day…it’s like saying, I wish everyone would stop using electricity.

(2:00) Gov. Schweitzer: It’s not fair to say that it’s not real. A plant built in 1984 is capturing CO2 and putting it back into the earth. There are other industrial processes that can make limestone bricks—building products out of the CO2— and you can make biodiesel by growing algae with CO2. It’s not realistic to say we can’t do it, it just says we have to start before we can finish.

Like Gov. Schweitzer, we know the facts are on our side. So we’ll keep advancing the dialogue with fact-based scientific and practical solutions about our clean energy future. The other guys? Perhaps they’d rather talk about unicorns.

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