Here’s a little bit of good news to brighten up this mid-February Saturday morning: The compromise stimulus bill agreed to by both houses of Congress no longer contains billions of dollars for so-called “clean coal” technology. The Senate version had contained a billion dollars for coal through the Department of Energy, plus another two billion dollars for particular coal-powered electrical generating facilities, but the conference committee working on the stimulus bill took this wasteful spending out.
It’s a good sign that at least some people in Congress understand that coal power is a relic of the past, not a solution to our nation’s present needs. Coal power isn’t sustainable – its benefits are short-lived, but the price we pay for it never goes away. There’s no such thing as clean coal, and funding the frauds who claim to be developing clean coal won’t stimulate the economy.
Conservation and renewable energy is what our nation needs – and these aren’t just projects to be funded by Congress. You can make decisions today to reduce your consumption and to begin the transfer to sustainable technologies in your personal life.