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Putting the Clean Coal Dream to Bed

Jeff Siegel | Wednesday February 9th, 2011 | 2 Comments

If you watched Green Bay defeat the Steelers last Sunday, chances are you also caught a glimpse of the new Chevy Volt commercial

I certainly did. And of course, after it ran, all eyes were on me.

Friends, family, and a few people I don’t even know that well waited for me to chime in.

But what was I going to say?

This stuff isn’t new to me — or to anyone else who follows alternative energy trends. But not everybody in my living room that night follows these trends…

In fact my neighbor asked me why we don’t hear much about alternative energy these days, other than what we recently caught from the State of the Union Address.

Truth is, if you don’t follow this sector, or you’re not an energy investor, you probably don’t know what’s going on in the world of alternative energy.

But that doesn’t mean things aren’t happening — especially when it comes to new deals.

Take a look at some of these new contract headlines from just last week:

  • Hanwha Solar to Supply 54 megawatts of PV to SunEdison in 2011
  • GE Signs Wind Services Agreement with Cobra Energia in Spain
  • Recurrent Energy Secures 180 MW Solar Module Supply for Projects in Ontario
  • Norsk Hydro Wins Orders for Tubing for Solar Collectors
  • Tempress Systems Receives $32 Million in new Solar Orders in January, 2011
  • JA Solar Signs Agreement to Supply 400 megawatts of Solar Modules
  • MKS Instruments Receives $10 Million Order from Chinese Solar Cell Manufacturer

And this only a very small sampling.

Truth is, last week — just like every week for the past five or six years — we saw hundreds of new alternative energy deals make headlines in industry and finance reports.

And we often look to these deals to get an accurate read on which direction this industry is heading.

Now, why am I telling you this?

Because of all the deals that I see week after week, rarely do any include “clean coal.

Your tax dollars will fund this pig

As the bureaucratic chickenheads huddle up in Washington to put together a new energy plan, they’re going to push “clean coal” hard.

And who knows… Maybe if Senator Rockefeller and Senator Inhofe get their way, they’ll be able to take a few more of your tax dollars to fund these pig projects.

Interestingly enough, Senator Rockefeller has said in the past that we must take serious action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; yet just last year, he spearheaded an effort to prevent the EPA from regulating carbon emissions.

And Senator Inhofe, who has probably been the most vocal in calling climate change a hoax — and whose list of 400 scientists who doubted global warming turned out to be about as credible as Lindsay Lohan’s 12-step program — all of the sudden wants to push “clean coal.”

Apparently, fat campaign contributions are enough to trump his take on climate change…

In any event, if these guys are able to help the Obama administration waste a few more billion on this scam, then we’ll probably start to see some significant “clean coal” deals in the future.

But don’t get me wrong — I’m no fan of “clean coal.”

The whole thing is a lobbyist-funded illusion that does nothing to address the issue of peak coal; it basically helps us burn through our remaining reserves faster, because the carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) process ultimately ends up consuming a portion of the energy that’s actually produced at a plant.

According to peak energy expert Richard Heinberg, if CCS is implemented, it will increase the amount of coal required in order to produce the same amount of energy we rely on today. He estimated the “energy penalty” for CCS at 40 percent!

When it comes to alternative energy, we need to stick with what works, and not chase the “clean coal” lie.


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  • http://environmentalmentalism.blogspot.com/ Meme Mine

    A wave of former believer rage has arrived.
    I urge everyone to contact their elected leaders via email to get these criminal fear mongering journalists charged with treason for knowingly leading our country and the entire globe to a Bush-like false war of climate change. We missed getting Bush jailed so lets go after these irresponsible lazy copy and paste journalists and see them all judged by the courts of our country. We owe it to our children to make this CO2 mistake right. We mistakenly condemned our kids to death by CO2 for 25 years because of the lies spewed about a dying planet. Yelling “FIRE” in the theatre was criminal.
    System Change, NOT climate change.

  • Joe

    I don’t understand this comment.