President-elect Obama wants America to "develop and deploy clean coal technologies." To that end, coal companies Arch Coal and Peabody Energy and electric utility Ameren Corp. last week announced $12 million in clean coal and mining research grants to three universities. On the same day, the environmental community launched a campaign charging that clean coal is a myth because no U.S. utilities are capturing and burying their global warming pollution. The greens are challenging construction of nearly every new coal plant on the drawing board throughout the nation.
Should the nation stop building new coal-fired power plants until the technologies are perfected to burn coal without releasing greenhouse gases into the atmosphere?
-- Margaret Kriz, NationalJournal.com