“Clean coal”: An unexplored territory




“As soon as we start putting our thoughts into words and sentences everything gets distorted, language is just no damn good—I use it because I have to, but I don’t put any trust in it. We never understand each other.”   Marcel Duchamp

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An oxymoron is a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory, but which contain a concealed point.

Common examples include jumbo shrimp, clean coal and of course the biggest real life example President Trump.

For the longest time I wondered if the coal industry had been given a bad rap. The diseases the miners suffer such as “black lung” –  aka  coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) –  is caused by long exposure to coal dust.

It is common in coal miners and others who work with coal. It is similar to both silicosis from inhaling silica dust and to the long-term effects of tobacco smoking.

The coal miners shown in the photos above  play to the stereotype that the extraction process is a dirty business and that the health hazards are real and not fake news.

Does the thick particulate matter that is pumped into the atmosphere by companies using coal as a fuel really have to be so environmentally destructive?




When I was in highschool and studying chemistry I learned about an invention called a Cottrell Precipitator which removed the harmful particulate matter being emitted from the smoke stacks and replaced it with cleaned air.

The chimneys would retain the matter as dust inside their column structure and the harmful effect to the environment would have been eliminated. In theory clean , unpolluted air would be released into the atmosphere.

But over the hears we al are beginning to notice that industrial smoke stacks are belching their particulate waste at an increasing rate. Coal dust, soot and a coated environment in the immediate area of the plants are the result.

I have watched a number of You Tube videos showing coal-burning residences and industrial plans burning coal as a fuel and not having their stacks belch out the highly toxic carcinogenic particulate matter.

If Trump wants to promote the use of coal as a fuel he should forget about his magnificent wall and direct funds to the industrial implementation of such devices which will save the country and the environment from devastation.

An aesthetically pleasing border between the United States and Mexico will not add one iota to the health and welfare of the country..

Time to get on board Mr Trump and concern yourself with the welfare of your constituents.  — gc






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Quote of the week: "If you think of yourselves as helpless and ineffectual, it is certain that you will create a despotic government to be your master. The wise despot, therefore, maintains among his subjects a popular sense that they are helpless and ineffectual.-- Frank Herbert quotes .

6 Comments on “Clean coal”: An unexplored territory

  1. The extraction of coal is anything but clean, with mountaintop removal and polluted streams.

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  2. What an interesting article. I love an open fire in winter, there’s something very homely and comforting about it. However, I use the multi fuel stove more than the open fire, burning logs and smokeless fuel. It’s more efficient and throws out a deal of heat, but it’s not the same as my old open fire


  3. He has his own agenda, Gerry…..which is subject to change at his whim.

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