If you found coal in your stocking this morning, don't kid yourself: it ain't clean. No matter what the president-elect might think, "clean coal" is a contradiction in terms. Greenpeace sez: "'Clean coal' is the industry's attempt to 'clean up' its dirty image—the industry's greenwash buzzword. It is not a new type of coal. 'Clean coal' technology (CCT) refers to technologies intended to reduce pollution. But no coal-fired power plants are truly 'clean'. 'Clean coal' methods only move pollutants from one waste stream to another which are then still released into the environment. Any time coal is burnt, contaminants are released and they have to go somewhere. They can be released via the fly ash, the gaseous air emissions, water outflow or the ash left at the bottom after burning. Ultimately, they still end up polluting the environment."
I hate to break it to the Pope of Hope but even the mainstream corporate media has got the goods. The Washington Post sez: "Clean coal: Never was there an oxymoron more insidious, or more dangerous to our public health. Invoked as often by the Democratic presidential candidates as by the Republicans and by liberals and conservatives alike, this slogan has blindsided any meaningful progress toward a sustainable energy policy."