Clean Coal In The 21st Century?
NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Environmentalists have long lobbied to dethrone coal as the top power source in the U.S., but with soaring natural gas prices, and new cleaner-burning technologies, coal's reign may extend well into the future, industry experts said.
"Coal's going to be around for many many years," said Bob Porter, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Coal is still king in the rapidly expanding U.S. power world. Plants that burn the notoriously dirty fuel produce 56 percent of all U.S. electricity -- still well ahead of nuclear power at 20 percent, and natural gas at 15 percent, according to the D0E.
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