New clean-energy rules pushed through by the Obama administration are raising concerns that they could cripple the coal industry — and may require power plants to use technology so risky that even the president’s former top energy official once warned it could “kill.”
The EPA, by Friday, is expected to release a new proposal to set the first-ever carbon dioxide limits for new power plants.
To meet those emissions caps, power plants would likely have to use what is known as “carbon-capture technology,” which involves burying the carbon underground.
Sweet! Burying stuff sounds awesome!
Steven Chu, who served until recently as President Obama’s energy secretary, cautioned in a 2007 talk sponsored by the Berkeley Lab in California that the process could be dangerous and bring legal challenges — as well as additional costs — for the companies involved.
Sweet! Doing dangerous and expensive stuff is also awesome!
So … we can move forward with new technology, that is dangerous and expensive, that involves burying a supposed planet-killing substance under ground, but we can’t build the Keystone Pipeline unless decades of environmental studies are done? Even though the pipeline is safe, and inexpensive? That makes sense.
Don’t even get me started on Yucca mountain.