According to the U.S.Department of Energy, coal is likely to remain one of the nation's lowest-cost electric power sources for the foreseeable future, and the United States has pledged a new commitment to even more advanced clean coal technologies.
Building on the successes of the original program, the new clean coal initiative encompasses a broad spectrum of research and large-scale projects that target today's most pressing environmental challenges.
The Clean Coal Power Initiative is providing government co-financing for new coal technologies that can help utilities cut sulfur, nitrogen and mercury pollutants from power plants. Also, some of the early projects are showing ways to reduce greenhouse emissions by boosting the efficiency by which coal plants convert coal to electricity or other energy forms. Information from U.S. Department of Energy at: http://www.fossil.energy.gov/programs/powersystems/cleancoal/
There is no "perfect" solution for energy sources. Sometimes we must use current technology and perfect it as much as we can.
"Coal is an abundant resource in the world...It is imperative that we figure out a way to use coal as cleanly as possible. "
Dr. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy
Senate Confirmation Hearing
January 13, 2009