Major "Clean Coal" Project in Mississippi Shuts Down
Three years behind schedule and $4 billion over budget forced the Mississippi Public Service Commission to suspend the coal gasifier project intended to convert lignite coal, which emits more climate-warming carbon dioxide per unit of heat than other coal, into a synthetic gas by heating it under high pressures in the presence of steam. The goal to capture the carbon in the gas and then burn it to create electricity has eluded researchers. While many are skeptic, others strongly believe coal gasification may still be necessary in the fight against climate control. Coal consumption is estimated to increase globally by 18% in the next 20 years. Is 'clean coal' a viable option or have the setbacks of Mississippi, Texas and Illinois proved otherwise?
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