Huge Good News on Energy
[Have you noticed a bug/feature on this elderly blog? I'm frequently picking stories, usually science, that I think are Big Deals, way undercovered by the press - I'm talking MSM. Examples: Pain killers; Insect depletion; Youthiness pills; Dark matter, etc. I honestly believe the Big Media types have a blind spot for world shaking science news.]
"Clean Coal," is that technology so hard to do it makes the term an oxymoron.
But it was in pursuit of just such technology (unsuccessful) that led to what just may be the perfect bridge energy source between dirty fossil electricity generation and fully renewable generation. In fact, it might be so good it will be blessed as an "almost renewable" base-load generator, at least until we run out of natural gas.
Science Magazine - the mag with the most cred, IMHO - did a piece on this wonder. Read their article here. Reporter Robert F. Service knows his stuff.
Zero CO2 emissions, greenhouse fans! The carbon dioxide is all captured for resale to oil well drillers and other big users of the gas, or it can be stored forever-ish in deep geological structures.
It Seems to be Real
There is a 25 megawatt pilot plant, finished and in testing, just outside Houston.