(PT) – Trump’s energy plan was released shortly after the President was sworn in. Energy companies and major polluters cheered, and environmentalists wept.
Sierra Club commented in a statement: “Minutes after he was sworn in, any illusion that Trump would act in the best interests of families in this country as President were wiped away by a statement of priorities that constitute an historic mistake on one of the key crises facing our planet and an assault on public health. What Trump has released is hardly a plan – it’s a polluter wishlist that will make our air and water dirtier, our climate and international relations more unstable, and our kids sicker. This is a shameful and dark start to Trump’s Presidency, and a slap in the face to any American who thought Trump might pursue the national interest.”
The energy plan is, by and large, a joke. It consists of ending anti-pollution regulations and encouraging a mythical type of energy:
“The Trump Administration is also committed to clean coal technology, and to reviving America’s coal industry, which has been hurting for too long.”
Popular Mechanics discussed the myth of clean coal at length years ago, but the idea of clean coal seems as prevalent as ever.
“There’s just one problem with this scenario: Coal will never be clean. It is possible to make coal emissions cleaner. In fact, we’ve come a long way since the ’70s in finding ways to reduce sulfur–dioxide and nitrogen-oxide emissions, and more progress can be made. But the nut of the clean-coal sales pitch is that we can also bottle up the CO2 produced when coal is burned, most likely by burying it deep in the earth. That may be possible in theory, but it’s devilishly difficult in practice.”
In the same report, Popular Mechanics said “it is a dangerous gamble to assume that it will become technically and economically feasible any time soon.”
National Geographic has plainly stated in reports:
“Environmentalists say that clean coal is a myth. Of course it is.”
Like many of Trump’s plans, it’s pure fantasy.
This post by Justin King originally ran on the Pontiac Tribune.