Clean Coal

"Clean energy" includes energy efficiency and clean energy supply options, like highly efficient combined heat and power as well as renewable energy sources. Coal is considered a nonrenewable resource because it cannot be replenished on a human time frame. Many people believe there is no such thing as "clean coal."
The activities involved in generating electricity from coal include mining, transport to power plants, and burning of the coal in power plants. Initially, coal is extracted from surface or underground mines. The coal is often cleaned or washed at the coal mine to remove impurities before it is transported to the power plant — usually by train, barge or truck. Finally, at the power plant, coal is commonly burned in a boiler to produce steam. The steam is run through a turbine to generate electricity. (Source: EPA, Photo: dgmata/iStockphoto)

Midweek links to keep you going

Media Mayhem: Coal's silver lining

Poor people stuck with coal ash

ACES bill: Climate victory or...

Clean Tech Open semifinalists announced

Darryl Hannah arrested protesting mountaintop removal mining

Obama tightens rules for mountaintop removal mining

Should we charge fossil fuel companies with human rights violations?

End o' the week links

Wisconsin carbon capture: success or false hope?

Checking in on the TVA coal ash spill

Live near coal ash? 1 in 50 chance of cancer.