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NRDC’s Beinecke: “There Is No Clean Coal”
February 4, 2010, 11:51 pm
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Interesting bit of opinion in the HuffPo yesterday from the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Frances Beinecke.

First things first, Beinecke writes, “there is no clean coal.” Her organization has long fought against the “filthy practice,” she goes on to say. Yet even she acknowledges what seems unavoidable in Obama’s energy agenda.

“The reality is that coal is relatively cheap and abundant, and it generates on average half of all our electricity. Coal will continue to be a part of our energy portfolio for awhile,” Beinecke writes.

The “clean coal” debate is not new, but I believe it will get significantly louder now that the president has thrown himself on coal’s side. He hasn’t completely lost people like Beinecke however; she commends the president for his efforts to lash job creation and energy initiatives in one comprehensive bill. Jobs – all 2 million of them – may be all that’s necessary to sweeten clean coal for the otherwise skeptical.