The Struggle to Preserve Coal: Clean Coal, the EPA's Final Rules Related to Carbon Capture and Sequestration and the Current Fate of CCS in the US

March 7, 2011—In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama stressed the importance of clean energy, and noted that, “[s]ome folks want wind and solar. Others want nuclear, clean coal and natural gas. To meet this goal, we will need them all . . . .” The term “clean coal” is commonly used in connection with the employment of technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) to achieve significant reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants and other large industrial sources.

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