It's remarkable that a fuel that has powered industry since the beginning of the Steam Age has become, for some, Public Enemy Number One -- the role being foisted on it by an assortment of activists. But coal's allies haven't done it many favors in recent years. The Bush administration killed the FutureGen project that would have built and tested a coal power plant designed to capture its emissions and sequester them underground. Coal has a central place in the energy economy at present, but it's not invulnerable, and replacing it over a couple of decades with natural gas, wind, solar, and nuclear power is not only feasible, but could be done without much disruption.
POWER WINDOW Jeffrey Winters Mechanical Engineering; May 2009; 131, 5; Docstoc pg. 45 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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