Week of 4.10.09
Can Coal be Earth-Friendly?Can America's cheapest and most plentiful energy resource be produced without burning the environment?
It appears that your computer does not have the Flash Player required to view NOW videos. Visit Adobe to download and install the latest version of the Flash Player.Americans are addicted to coal—it powers half of all our electricity, and is both plentiful and cheap. In fact, some call America the "Saudi Arabia of Coal." But are we paying too high an environmental price for all this cheap energy?
With carbon emissions caps high on the Obama Administration's agenda, coal is in the crosshairs of the energy debate. This week, NOW Senior Correspondent Maria Hinojosa travels to Wyoming to take a hard look at the coal industry there and its case that it can produce "clean coal"—coal that can be burned without releasing carbon into the atmosphere. President Obama has been outspoken in his support for "clean coal" technology, but some say the whole concept is more of a public relations campaign than an energy solution.
As part of the report, Hinojosa talks with Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal and Jeff Goodell, the author of "Big Coal," who says that carbon dioxide emissions generated from coal contribute to global warming.
Our investigation is part of a PBS-wide series on the country's infrastructure called "Blueprint America."
In the News
Time: EPA Calls CO2 a Danger—At Last
Council on Foreign Relations: Debating a 'Clean Coal' Future
The Nation: The Dirt on Clean Coal
Washington Post: House Climate Bill Aims to Please Environmental and Business Interests
Washington Post: 'Clean' Coal? Don't Try to Shovel That
New York Times: Is America Ready to Quit Coal?
New York Times Magazine: Capital Pollution Solution?
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