Dirty Energy & Fuel

Published on January 5th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan

Clean Coal Does Not Exist

I’ve heard it from those in the business, those living in coal country, and various scientific studies: nothing can make coal clean. Nonetheless, the myth keeps on circulating (I wonder why). I think it coal’s numerous environmental harms need to be broadcast much more.. broadly and loudly this year. People need to realize that coal is destroying more than our climate. Here’s a nice intro to a new piece on our sister site Cleantechnica that gets into that a bit, thanks to a new study on the matter:

The Pennsylvania DEP has just come out with a new report that should help put the “clean coal” myth to rest once and for all. According to the report, the subsidence caused by underground coal mining has impacted hundreds of buildings, springs, wells and ponds across ten counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, where 50 mines are active. Taking into consideration the devastation caused by mountaintop coal mining in the nearby Appalachian region, it’s hard to see where the “clean” fits into the picture.

Read the full story here: Clean Coal: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

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About the Author

is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009.

Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the founder and director of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity.

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