The term “Clean Coal” actually refers to the process of removing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from the emissions created from burning coal. Worldwide, coal is responsible for 26.6% of all electricity production and 43.1% of all Carbon Dioxide emissions. That’s with the current global restrictions and regulations that were adopted in the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UNFCCC is a legally binding treaty that was adopted in 1997 and put into force in 2005. All 192 parties present signed the treaty, but the very country that coined the term “Clean Coal”, the United States, has yet to ratify it, essentially turning it into a document with as much viable impact as last month’s issue of Teen magazine.
The first indicator that a product might be less than advertised is when it is named by the Government agency that regulates it. “Clean Coal” was coined by Congress in the mid 1980’s in an attempt to address the growing concern over the effects of coal production and the environmental impact. Why? Basically because it sounds better, right? “CLEAN Coal”. Much better than “Toxic Coal”, “Hazardous Coal”, or just plain old “Terrible Irreversible Consequences Coal”. The same concept was applied to Kentucky Fried Chicken re-branding its self as KFC once consumers became self-aware of the garbage that the fast food industry was peddling, thus making “fried” a bad word. The product is exactly the same, yet KFC magically sounds much healthier, I guess. Stamp a shiny new name on it, and we as Americans eat it up one ignorant bite at a time. “Oh, coal energy is okay because they use Clean Coal”. Wrong. Nothing about coal is clean. Read more
Funding has just been secured to break ground on the world’s largest ocean current-driven power plant on the shores of Scotland. The plant is expected to supply the electrical needs of 175,000 homes once completed, with the initial delivery of electricity expected by 2016.
The first phase of the project will include 61 tidal turbines which will supply Scotland with enough power for 42,000 families. Eventually there could be as many as 269 water turbines installed on the array, creating 398 megawatts of electricity. $83 million has been raised to start the first phase of the power plant. Scotland has a goal of being completely off of fossil fuels by 2020, and this projects puts them on the path to meet that ambitious target. Read more.
The cities of Los Angeles, Anaheim, Riverside, Pasadena, Burbank and Glendale are buying electricity as far as 600 miles away. The Intermountain Power Agency is talking to the city of Los Angeles and other customers about converting much of the coal-fired Intermountain Power Plant to run on cleaner but more expensive natural gas by 2025. More info