Cole is absolutely the worst choice we could have as far as producing power goes. It contains more pounds of CO2 per million BTUs and any other power source we use, almost twice that of natural gas.
As we look at the conundrum that we face, an electronic world but is morphing before our eyes, the onset of the hybrid and/or electric vehicle at a time when the number of vehicles in the world is set to leap forward, and the almost near certainty of the catastrophic effects this will have on our climate it can seem hopeless.
Natural gas could possibly be the solution, albeit a temporary solution. There is no way that we can do without the power plants that are in place, our thirst for more energy is just uncontrollable. What we do have is an abundance of natural gas available via multiple sources throughout the country and the world. Although it is still a carbon producing fuel it just may be possible that it is a stopgap needed as we transition between traditional energy production and renewable/green energy production.
If any of you out there who read this blog are aware of some good articles on this were some good statistics we would love to see it. What is the cost of converting coal-fired power plant to natural gas, what is the difference in the cost of producing energy from a natural gas-fired power plant.
As you read this remember that there is an extremely powerful coalition that supports the coal industry and tries to make believe a clean coal is a part of our future… this is an absolute lie. The first thing is that clean coal requires the storage of CO2, it is almost impossible to guarantee the storage of the CO2 stored with the methods that are being proposed, combine that with the fact that the cost of storing it will potentially drive the cost of energy from coal to the point where it is more expensive than renewable sources of energy at their current costs. It doesn't even take into account health costs, the cost of destroying the environment, the cleanup costs from the coal waste that rivals nuclear waste… the list goes on and on.
Although we may not like to hear it, natural gas just might be a transition that we need, please help us gather more information… thank you