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Sunday, May 19, 2013
In “Coal is more than yesterday’s fuel” (May 16 commentary), David Banks deflates his own argument for coal as a viable continuing energy source for generating electricity.
He acknowledges that carbon capture and sequestration is needed to eliminate the carbon that burning coal generates, but admits it is too expensive and so has not been deployed (and will not be anytime soon).
He wants to spend government funds to develop carbon capture and storage so that we can blow up more mountains, dump more dirty coal waste in stream beds, and have more dangerous coal ash to poison the water of the surrounding homes.
The truth is that coal is not and never will be clean if you look at the process from beginning to end.
Why spend huge amounts of government money to try to clean up a small part of what is filthy about coal when you can have energy efficiency and renewable sources like wind and solar that are inherently clean from the start and that will create a new clean-energy economy in Virginia if we choose?
Virginia Chapter of the Sierra ClubVice Chair for Renewable EnergyVIENNA
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