What is the difference between clean coal and regular coal?



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    “Clean” or “cleaner” coal refers to carbon-capture and storage coal.  That is to say it is the practice of burning coal for fuel, and capturing the carbon released by that process and storing it, usually underground, so as to divert its contribution to greenhouse gasses and global warming.  It is still uncertain as to whether or not clean coal technology is economically feasible or really that much eco-friendlier than other fuel options. 

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    Clean coal simply refers to coal that has been “cleaned” using various technologies.  Chemically washing minerals and impurities from the coal, removing sulfur dioxide from the flue gas,  and carbon capture and storage all count as clean coal technologies.  It is still coal, however, and still produces pollution.

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    Critics of “clean” coal claim that there is no difference between that and regular coal. According to facts stated by Reality Campaign:

    • There are no homes in America powered by “clean” coal.
    • The coal industry is spending millions advertising “clean” coal, but not a single “clean” coal power plant exists in the U.S. today.
    • There are roughly 600 coal plants producing electricity in the U.S. Not one of them captures and stores its global warming pollution.There is not a single large-scale demonstration “clean” coal plant in the U.S. today.
    • Virtually all the new coal plants that have been proposed will, just like their predecessors, release 100 percent of the CO2 they produce into the atmosphere, where it will linger—and contribute to global warming.
    • An investment in wind power produces almost three times as many jobs as the same investment in coal power. And an investment in solar power produces almost four times as many jobs, and energy efficiency, almost thirty times as many jobs as coal power.
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