7th February 2013
Coal is abundant and cheap, but burning it is a dirty business. This week researchers at Ohio State University announced a milestone in the development of a far cleaner way to use the energy in coal—a process called chemical looping that has the potential to reduce or eliminate a wide range of pollutants, including carbon dioxide and smog-forming nitrogen oxides.
Not that it will do anyone any good. Enviro-nazis have enough red tape at their disposal to tie up the introduction of such a technology for a hundred years. They don’t want a cleaner way to burn coal; they want coal not to be burned, even if it means people living in caves.