As the easily accessible oil runs out and global warming becomes more of a issue the world needs a new energy source.
so called clean coal is being pimped as a solution by many, especially those working in mining.
I'm doubtful if the technology is any more then hot air myself, but it seems worth looking into.
Chances are any lump of "clean" coal will have more energy in it in readily-extracted nuclear fuel than you'd ever get from burning the coal.
Seriously, enough with the coal. Nuclear is fine when we're allowed to build ones that are actually up to modern standards. Hell, even using the outdated ones it's got a better record by miles.
Well, seeing as nuclear fusion is always twenty years out of reach
Twenty years of digging through a crowd of angry hippies maybe
Yeah well, people only know about Chernobyl and so they will harp on about it. The incident in Japan? Bad but not as horrific as people think, not by a long shot, meanwhile, that generator had been giving Japan power for over a decade and it took a tsunami to break it. That's engineering, people.
(I'm preaching to the choir, aren't I?)
The thing about making witty signature lines is that it first needs to actually be witty.
I guess a lot of people that are pushing 'clean' coal is because of all the present money and jobs are tied up in fossil fuels.
There is no shortage of coal however. There is enough Shale coal to last 10,000 years at a conservere estimation.
Except that turning that into usable reactor fuel would use more energy than a reactor could make from it. Really, that's about as meaningful as noting that the electron bonds in a lump of coal contain trillions of times more fusion energy than is obtained by burning it.