Over at Earth2Tech, reflecting on Washington’s recent rejection of a coal plant application, Alexix Madrigal stumbles across the essence of the carbon capture and sequestration issue:

It highlights an interesting aspect of the CCS debate. Fossil-fuel energy companies are well-served by having the technology remain on the drawing board, devoid of any "industrial-scale" field deployments. It lets them point to technology that will eventually make them clean — forestalling complaints that coal should be done away with completely — while allowing the companies to claim they can’t build something that hasn’t already been built.

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