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Coal is abundant and energy dense, compared to most other fuel sources so coal is most-likely America’s fuel of the future. Yes, coal can be dirty and its reputation for turning skis orange is well-deserved. Modern technology, however, has changed coal electric generation to a clean generation source. The US power industry has invested about $90 BILLION since 1990 to deploy clean coal technologies that reduce air emissions while also providing affordable, reliable electricity to meet growing energy needs.

Clean coal technology is real and current. When Congress first coined the term “clean coal technology” in the mid-1980s, the American Coalition of Clean Coal Electricity had not yet been formed. Congress defined the phrase to mean technologies that reduced sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The term’s definition has expanded since then to include technologies that improve the environmental performance of coal-based electricity plants, increasing the operational efficiency of power plants while also reducing emissions.

I’m not convinced that industries and utilities should be working to reduce CO2 emissions, but technologies are being developed to do just that. Where these technologies result in more efficient operation of the plants, I am entirely in favor of them. Where they drive up the cost of electricity to the consumer, I object.

But when looking at the issue of coal and making a case for not overregulating it, it is necessary to explain that “Yes! Clean coal does exist and we can use it to produce electricity at an affordable price while protecting the environment.”

The very fact that the EPA’s own records shows the air quality improving so much should be evidence that we’re not on the edge of an environmental disaster where coal is a primary culprit.

Can we now stop panicking and running around like Chicken Little proclaiming the sky is falling?

Oh, right, the ruling class wouldn’t want us to start thinking we don’t need them any longer.

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