Thursday, November 08, 2007
The largest energy source in the US suffers from a bad reputation, and it makes little sense. The country is energy dependent when it has more than enough energy. Logic would dictate that one find a way to work with coal to get rid of its "dirty" elements while keeping its power, but that doesn't seem to be the thinking of environmentalists. They want to get rid of coal completely. And go to what? All the windmills and solar panels one could build would not replace the power from coal-burning plants. There is a massive technical and PR challenge here for those willing to tackle it -- how to rehabilitate coal. It would be a fun project on which to work.