Tuesday, April 6, 2010

How would "clean coal" help miners working in horrific conditions?

The death of 25 workers in a West Virginia coal mine, owned by a company fined for repeated severe safety violations, is yet another reason why "carbon capture and storage" technology (aka "clean coal"), even if it existed, would "solve" only a fraction of the nightmares associated with our addiction to coal. It would have no impact at all on the dangers caused by extraction of raw material—including miner fatalities, sludge disposal, destruction of mountaintops and water pollution.

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