No... fucking... shit.
The only way coal is making a comeback is in a post-apocalyptic hellscape or if we dig a giant pit in the center of the country and keep it filled with a continuously burning coal pile. And do you know what the mine owners would do if they all the sudden saw a resurgence in sales? Hire back a bunch of miners? Nope. Automate as much as possible to maximize profits? Bingo.
I’m a boiler operator and our boilers are coal powered. It’s actually more expensive to burn coal because of all the equipment and workers/operators needed. Plus, the headache of following EPA standards, dirty, and hazardous conditions. Gas maybe higher fuel cost but in the long run with less needed maintenance gas is more desirable. Our company is actually Swedish owned and they make it their own priority to be “clean”. Which is why they decided that we will be transferring to gas power in the next 2 years. I always laugh at “clean coal”.
Would it surprise anyone to learn that "beautiful clean coal" was always a "ruse"?
It should not.
No one could save typewriters, black and white TVs and 8 track players either. Time to move on, rebublicans.
183 Oznog99 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coal_Pollution_Mitigation
"Clean Coal" was a real thing. Very expensive pioneer projects that captured and sequestered all the emissions. They never made it to commercial viability, though.
It's dead technology. It was SUPER expensive- and WHY?? Natural gas is reasonably clean and far cheaper in the end that trying to clean up coal emissions. And extracting coal is environmentally destructive. Coal's only selling point is how cheap it was, completely negated by the cost of "clean coal".
And renewables make FAR more sense than spending a fortune to create and run "clean coal".
It was, ironically, Obama that killed off Clean Coal. Because it had no future, both renewables and natural gas beat it easily, and the pioneer projects were just sucking money away from those solutions.
But he's trying is damdest to bury solar. Fuck that guy and his whole family