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Clean Coal Budget Cuts Part of Plan

August 4, 2013

In government, budgets and regulatory edicts sometimes speak louder than politicians’ words....

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WVUGEO

Aug-04-13 9:05 AM

The biggest part of the problem is that everyone, including the author of this opinion piece, keep tossing around the seemingly self-contradictory phrase "Clean Coal", without explaining, and likely without knowing, what, exactly, that could mean. It's too vaporous, and too meaningless, to attract any public interest and, thus, subsequent political support. Coal exhaust CO2, for instance, can be harvested and used as a raw material in the manufacture of certain plastics, replacing raw materials now extracted from OPEC petroleum. Bayer Corporation is now doing that at a Coal-fired power plant in Germany. Coal Ash can be used and consumed in the manufacture of cement and concrete. Saudi Arabia actually imports Coal Ash from India for such purposes. The real Truth is being suppressed, and you're just being treated, as herein, to politically-inspired, information-free histrionics, while your vital Coal industries are being gutted.

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Wvcoffee

Aug-04-13 9:10 AM

Since 1978, the federal government has invested $2.5 billion on clean coal technology.1 The Energy Policy Act of 2005 included more than $8 billion in subsidies for the coal industry.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has condemned the Clean Coal program as inefficient and a waste of taxpayer dollars. In 2001, the GAO stated: “From a management perspective, we found that many [Clean coal] projects had experienced delays, cost overruns, bankruptcies, and performance problems.” Sounds like the inIntelligencer has it wrong again. Oh wait, can't bite the hand that feeds you right? Geez...

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Wvcoffee

Aug-04-13 9:12 AM

Taxpayers for Common Sense ****taxpayer****

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WVUGEO

Aug-04-13 9:44 AM

Further, if the true, environment-enhancing and economy-boosting potential value of Coal were made known, we wouldn't even be dealing with issues like this. For instance, has anyone bothered to tell you that West Virginia University has devised technology wherein noxious wastes, like sewage treatment plant sludge, can be utilized and completely consumed in processes that, primarily, convert Coal into synthetic crude petroleum?

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mikeyd

Aug-04-13 10:07 AM

obama's war is on the working american people in general.

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WVUGEO

Aug-04-13 10:14 AM

Even further, again since Carbon Dioxide is one of the primary objects of fascination for the Coal-haters out there, it might interest you to learn that Saudi Arabia has developed an entire suite of technologies that reclaims Carbon Dioxide from whatever source - oil refineries emit a lot of it - and then converts that Carbon Dioxide into any and all sorts of liquid hydrocarbon fuels. Our understanding is that they now have a pilot plant up and running in Bahrain. Unless someone scrapes the guts together to start telling you the full Truth about these issues, sooner or later you'll be turning off the lights because the electricity's too expensive so that you can save enough money to buy OPEC gasoline that's been synthesized from CO2. Those really are plain facts which you deserve to have fully reported to you.

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WVUGEO

Aug-04-13 10:51 AM

And, since we mentioned Saudi Arabia's Carbon Dioxide-recycling capabilities, we will give you just one, particularly pointed example: Just this past July 4th - yes, The Fourth of July, US Independence Day - our own US Government saw fit to publish: "United States Patent Application 20130168966 - Method for Conversion of Carbon Dioxide into Hydrocarbons; Date: July 4, 2013; Inventors: Mazen Abdullah Ba-Abbad, et. al., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Assignee: King Saud University, Riyadh". And, it is exactly what it sounds like. Be prepared to start filling your SUV's up with fuel imported from OPEC that's been made from the same stuff your government is beating up your vital Coal industries because of. You are not being adequately informed - - or, forewarned.

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TrollSlayer

Aug-05-13 9:25 AM

Snake oil here! Get your snake oil here! 100% pure snake oil for sale! Good for whatever ails ya'.

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atoddh

Aug-06-13 1:46 AM

why spend money trying to clean coal when already clean gas is readily available?

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