Clean Energy and Politics

The United States government is being prevented from completing a clean coal project due to political reasons.  John Thompson, the director of the Coal Transition Project at the Clean Air Task Force, says “The one thing that I think most observers would conclude about FutureGen is that it’s been a highly political process from the beginning.”  In 2003, FutureGen began under President George W. Bush and was supposed to result in a 275 megawatt zero-emission coal plant in Mattoon, Illinois that converted emissions into hydrogen and electricity.  In 2008, the funding was ended because it came to be too expensive at $1.8 billion.  FutureGen began again in 2009 under President Obama with plans to use a technique called gasification to convert carbon emissions into a gas that can be stored or used for power.  On August 5, the DOE announced a change in the location for FutureGen to an existing 200 megawatt plant in Meredosia, Illinois.  They will transport carbon via a 175 mile long pipeline to be stored in Matton.  The pipeline will be funded separately and they usually cost about a million dollars per mile. The U.S. may end up losing the race for clean energy if political forces can’t make good on the money needed to fund the current iteration of FutureGen.

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