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Are Waxman and Markey Supporting Clean Coal?

U.S. Representatives Henry Waxman and Ed Markey, chairs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming have released what they call a “Discussion Draft of Clean Energy Legislation”. That “discussion draft language” means that their legislation, the proposed American Clean Energy and Security Act, is not yet available for you to read at the Library of Congress.

You should read the legislation anyway – though maybe not all of it. It’s 648 pages long. Did any of the Harry Potter books reach that length? The full legislation is worth searching through, however, and in order to help you in that search, Markey and Waxman have produced a summary. Both the full draft legislation and the summary are available here.

There’s a lot to review, but one item stands out right away: Clean coal. Oh, the phrase “clean coal” itself is never used in the legislation, but the concept of clean coal is jam packed throughout the bill. Waxman and Markey use the phrase “carbon capture and sequestration” to refer to what advocates of clean coal have been trying to get government funding for. Their own summary explains that “The draft promotes development of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies to ensure a continuing place for coal in our nation’s energy future.”

Why should the place of coal in our nation’s energy future be ensured? Here’s something important to remember: There is no such thing as a commercially viable system of carbon capture and sequestration. Clean coal is a fraud. So, why does the Waxman-Markey legislation provide government support to support the fraud?

2 thoughts on “Are Waxman and Markey Supporting Clean Coal?”

  1. t lu says:

    Do you understand anything about the carbon cycle? The ocean contains 93% of all of the CO2 on earth. The atmospher contains only 2%. The ocean is slightly alkaline. CO2 is 30 times more soluble than Oxygen and 70 times more soluble than Nitrogen. The result is the ocean attracts CO2 molecules like a magnet attracts iron filings. The CO2 goes into the water where it unites with a stray water molecule to form a weak carbonic acid. This carbonic acid eventually mates with a calcium atom to form calcium chloride first in the form of coral reefs. Those reefs eventually morph into limestone. You could discover all of this in a minute search of wikipedia. This is why 33,000 scientists including 9,000 PhD s have signed a petition which states that there is no possibility that CO2 has or will cause global warming. It also states the obvious… CO2 has always been a friend of mother earth. Have you ever stopped to consider what the least amount of CO2 could be for plant life to survive? The ignorance of you CO2 global warming nutters is frightening.. do some homework!!

    1. Green Man says:

      Do you understand anything about ocean acidification? As atmospheric carbon dioxide increases, so does ocean acidity, which is already slowing down rates of coral reef growth, and reducing phytoplankton shell size, and threatens to destroy marine ecosystems – huge numbers of scientists in the appropriate fields recognize this threat.

      Most of the PhD’s in that petition aren’t in a related field. They include medical doctors, and psychologists, etc.

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