ACCCE President and CEO, Mike Duncan, recently responded to an article in the Wall Street Journal defending clean coal from environmental critics. Read the entire article below:
Your editorial “Mississippi Clean Coal Slaw” (May 30) captures the paradoxical problem plaguing many clean coal technology projects. Like the Kemper plant in Mississippi, they are frequently opposed by special-interest groups like the Sierra Club that purport to want cleaner air.
The coal-based electricity industry has invested roughly $110 billion dollars into clean-coal technology projects. Thanks to these investments, emissions of major air pollutants from coal-fueled power plants are down nearly 90% over the past 40 years. Yet many special interest groups continue to fight against these important projects because it generates headlines and greater funding for their organizations.
The coal industry has demonstrated its commitment to improving the environment not just through words, but through deeds. Groups that truly care about the environment should be working with the industry on effective and practical solutions.
President and CEO
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity