The next time the coal industry wags its finger at clean energy about "standing on its own two feet," someone should tell them to pay for their taxpayer-funded "clean coal" science project.
In 2003, President George W. Bush unveiled plans for the world's first zero-emissions coal plant, a project that would serve as a global showcase of America's ability to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels...More than a decade later, there has yet to be a groundbreaking for FutureGen 2.0.
Even the Energy Department now has doubts about whether FutureGen will succeed. Last year the department designated the FutureGen alliance charged with building the project as a "high-risk" grant recipient that might not be able to meet a September 2015 deadline for spending $1 billon in federal stimulus dollars, according to a document reviewed by The Seattle Times.
So, how come there isn't constant coverage about this enormous boondoggle? It only seems fair, since seemingly every cleantech stumble is shouted from the rafters by fossil-fuel-funded "think tanks" and their allies in the media.