Originally Posted by DaneMcCloud
I know absolutely nothing about coal mining, so bear with me:
1. Why does it have to be mined?
2. Can't they drill out for coal or dig for it?
3. How does Clean Coal work?
4. Is Clean Coal a sustainable resource or limited?
5. Why aren't we investing in more nuclear power plants?
1. It has to be mined because it's a sub-surface solid deposit.
2.Coal runs in "veins" not vertical wells, so there are 2 main ways to get it....strip mining which is heavily frowned upon by environmentalists. It destroys a lot of area and is very expensive to "fix" when they're done. The 2nd way is mining, and I think you're being a little obtuse on purpose.
3. Clean coal has more to do with the technologies to combust it and turn it into usable power. The emissions are significantly less than traditional coal burning facilities.
4. clean coal isn't a thing that is mined. There are significant untapped coal resources in the continental United States, technology has evolved the cleans the way it is burned and significantly reduces carbon emissions, but even that isn't good enough for environmentalists.
5. Nuclear is the most efficient, but it is fought at every turn due to concerns about accidents, misinformation about the process and environmental whackos.
I work in some of the green energy areas. There is a lot of good, but the expense and efficiency of wind and solar in particular leave a lot to be desired at this time.