Can Coal Ever Be Clean?

Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 03/24/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Can carbon capture and sequestration reduce the carbon emissions of coal-fired power plants?
Coal provides 40 percent of the world's electricity and 39 percent of global CO2 emissions. Mining coal is a deadly profession that destroys the natural environment. Transporting coal is also fraught with dangers and clean coal is a myth. But getting the world off coal is easier said than done. Until we have a comprehensive renewable energy infrastructure, it looks like coal will remain a significant source of the world's energy.

On this episode of Locus Focus, we talk with writer Michelle Nijhuis, whose article "Can Coal Ever Be Clean?" appears in the April issue of National Geographic. We'll discuss the feasibility of carbon capture and sequestration, which is being promoted as a possible way to make coal less dirty.


Clean Energy vs. Low Energy

The conversation around energy and its cleanliness usually takes for granted energy demands that we do not do enough to interrogate. It is assumed that "society" needs ALL the energy that suppliers are producing, which under-writes the moral exception to getting that energy from dirty sources. Let's try to question how energy demands coming from business and the military industrial complex help drive the demand for energy and in turn coal, clean or not.

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