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Obama's First 100 Days of Coal: A Few Honest Words, Please

This much is clear: The Obama administration has ushered in a new era of democratic participation in the great energy debate, opening the door to discussions on coal and its dirty legacy for the first time in nearly a decade, and allowing the winds of change to air out Washington’s coal dank corridors. No question about it: The Obama administration has clearly made great strides in the right direction to tackle the reality of climate destabilization and unchecked coal mining operations.

At the same time, it is also clear that the Obama administration does not have a road map for withdrawal from our disastrous dependence on coal, no grand plan for a regulated phase out of mountaintop removal or coal-fired plants. Instead, borrowing a page from the compromising policies of the Carter and Clinton wags, the Obama administration appears to be putting its faith in questionable regulations, albeit stricter, but still beholden to the coal industry and its inevitable crimes of extraction and indisputable impact on our children’s future.

As the Waxman-Markey debate plods along, how about a few honest words on CCS–carbon capture and storage technologies that everyone knows is an infeasible chimera?

Instead of using government statistics from 1974 on coal reserves, how about a few honest words on the depleting reality of coal today?

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