Thursday, September 20, 2012

Cooling Coal Emissions Has Massive Potential For Clean Air

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Cooling coal emissions at the top of smoke stacks could provide serious environmental benefits.
Totally renewable energy sources are out there, unfortunately for us they just aren't a viable option yet to meet the global, let alone national need for power. We can whine and complain all we want, which will have an effect ultimately, but when it comes down to it we still need our current "dirty" forms of energy. This doesn't mean though that these forms have to stay where they are and not evolve. Natural gas and clean coal are options in the immediate future, and a current study shows that cooling coal emissions will increase productivity and cleanliness of emissions. 

"One of the biggest threats to the environment in the United States unfortunately stems from one of the most integral parts of its economy: coal. Used to power businesses and homes alike, coal has been a major force behind America's rise to superpower status. But the byproduct of coal is pollution that could be contributing to a dangerous shift in the climate

The good news is that scientists are hard at work finding solutions to today's big environmental quandaries. A recent study conducted by the University of Oregon suggests that cooling coal emissions could have a positive impact on both air quality and emission levels. Published in the American Physical Society's journal Physical Review E the study's results show that cooled coal emissions would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90 percent."

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