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What does 'clean coal' mean?

October 10, 2008

Re "Mining for votes," editorial, Oct. 7

Your editorial was dead-on. "Clean coal" has been feeding at the federal R&D trough for decades, and coal is still dirty. So is coal mining and coal transit. Neither presidential candidate has felt it necessary to define what they mean by the term, and neither has mentioned carbon sequestration, coal's only hope.

The public's only hope is to urge that the next president's transition team contains no coal industry representatives, e.g., lobbyists and campaign donors, and that it takes no high-level personnel recommendations from the coal industry. We cannot afford to repeat 2000/2001.

Robert Siebert

Orange

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