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DougMacG
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« Reply #550 on: October 27, 2014, 11:02:53 AM »

With the abundance now available, why are we NOT making it available for cars, trucks and jets more quickly?  Why are voters letting Democrats get away with blocking pipelines for safest transport of our cleanest fuels.  Forget "energy independence".  We should be producing, transporting, exporting and importing.  Government has a role in keeping it clean and keeping it safe.  After that, let the market sort it out.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8224295.stm

"Natural gas is our cleanest fossil fuel. It can be used in cars, to generate electricity. It can be liquefied and used as jet aviation fuel," he says.  "The natural gas that's being used in this country at this time can really get us to energy independence."
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DougMacG
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« Reply #551 on: October 27, 2014, 11:07:03 AM »

Taking the Carbon Out of Coal
http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/10/27/taking_the_carbon_out_of_coal_124374.html

When coal burns, it emits a "flue gas" teeming with hard-to-separate pollutants -- but it doesn't have to. Instead, it can create a simple flow of carbon dioxide that's easy to capture.

That's the bold idea behind coal-direct chemical looping, or CDCL. The technology has been proven only in the lab, and it has many hurdles to clear before it can be used to generate electricity and capture carbon on a commercial scale. But it holds the promise of electricity from coal with very little pollution, in a nation where coal provides 18 percent of all energy and 24 percent of all carbon emissions.

According to an economic analysis Ohio State helped to conduct, if brought to a commercial scale, CDCL could capture 96.5 percent of the carbon released during the process while increasing the cost of electricity by 28.8 percent.

In a best-case scenario, the demonstration could be built later this decade, followed by a commercial plant in the 2020s.
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« Reply #552 on: October 29, 2014, 07:03:53 AM »

Thanks Doug.  Interesting promise of technology.  I don't know if many coal companies can survive two more years of Duh Bamster and if the Hill/Bill team gets in it might be curtains for them.
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DougMacG
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« Reply #553 on: October 29, 2014, 09:55:01 AM »

It's frustrating that this technology is commercially a decade out, but it is also disingenuous to hype climate predictions for a century as if technology advancement is over.  All that is needed to solve our energy and environmental challenges is the will to do it and prosperity - the means to do it. 

The centrally planned governments always had the worst environmental records, and still do.
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