"Here, I made you some wings. Jump off that cliff and try 'em out."
Said the Roanoke Times to Congressman Rick Boucher:
"You go, dude. Tax the American people some more. And when you're done, please check and see if that carbon sequestration thingie you're now promoting - and that the American people will be paying dearly for - actually works."
Hey, I have an idea. Why don't we get one of Willy Wonka's Bubble Machines? They too - for a small fee - can clean coal, perhaps. And massage your back at the same time!
Cleaning Up Coal
"Clean coal" is an oxymoron. There is no way to burn coal that doesn't produce hundreds of tons of pollution, including massive amounts of carbon dioxide, which is a major contributor to global warming.
Rep. Rick Boucher understands that, even if the coalfield representative and industry supporter may not like to admit it. But he also understands that there is no ready substitute for coal, an abundant, relatively cheap source of energy for the nation.
He thinks the answer is carbon capture and sequestration -- a method to extract carbon dioxide from the emissions stream and divert it to safe and permanent storage underground.
To that end, Boucher is sponsoring legislation that would create a multi-billion-dollar fund -- supported by small fees paid by electric customers of utilities fueled by coal, oil and natural gas.
The money would go to an independent corporation that would oversee the development and deployment of large-scale carbon capture and storage technologies.
One-tenth of 1 cent per kilowatt hour may be a reasonable price to pay to see if this could be ... (link)
Earth to all involved in this latest bit of silliness: Carbon sequestration technology has been shelved alongside that of alchemy. Someone should break the news to Boucher before he raises our taxes. Again.