Greenpeace criticizes new 'clean coal' plant

06/17/09 Mitch E. Perry
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The Department of Energy has decided to move forward on a stalled futuristic coal-burning power plant in central Illinois that languished under the Bush administration.

The project known as FutureGen would burn coal for power but store emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide underground. It was slated to be built in Mattoon, Ill., but was canceled after a faulty cost analysis put the price of the project higher than it should have been.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement last week that reviving FutureGen is an important step that shows the Obama Administration's commitment to carbon capture technology.

But is clean coal really possible? Last month WMNF spoke with Kert Davies, the spokesman for Greenpeace USA. He disputed that notion.

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