Clean Coal: A Wise Path Forward

Texas Public Policy Foundation:

Policy decisions impacting energy sources must support basic reliability, affordability, and supply necessary for electric generation. Too oft en, the inexorable rate and scale of growth in energy demand is not fully reflected in new energy policies. Environmental policy should enhance—but cannot supplant—the fundamental dynamics of securely available, cost-efficient energy. Without coal in the energy mix, sufficient electric generation to meet future Texas, national, and global demand is doubtful. Although frequently maligned as a source of air pollution and green house gasses, coal remains fundamental to current and future electric generation in the U.S. and Texas. In the U.S., and particularly in Texas, advanced emission control technologies have dramatically reduced major environmental impacts from coal-fired generation. A new generation of technologies under development herald a second generation of even cleaner coal power.

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