Clean Coal?

Here you find responses to the most common arguments for fossile fuels (especially coal).


The emission of CO2 is something completely natural. Every living organism emits CO2. The power production from coal (as well as other fossil fuels) and the thus produced CO2 therefore does not pose any ecological problem.

Wrong. It is true, that every animal emits CO2. But there is a balance in nature between CO2 emission (mainly animals) and absorption (plants).
When fossil fuels like coal, oil, and natural gas are burnt large quantities of CO2 are emitted. This CO2 was not part of the current natural CO2 cycle but was bound for millions of years underground. Thus the natural CO2 balance is destroyed when burning fossil fuels.

It is ecologically sound to replace old coal power plants with bad efficiency with new plants with better efficiency as they will emit less CO2 per kWh.

Wrong. The choice here is not between an old coal plant and a new one, but between a new coal power plant or a renewable energy plant.
It might be correct that the new power plant will emit less CO2 than the old one. But with the construction of new coal plants the old monopolistic centralized power supply system is strengthened. Coal power plants cannot or only to an insufficient degree be regulated to compensate for the fluctuating renewable energy production. Thus new coal power plants

The exhaust of coal power plants can be filtered and the CO2 captured and stored underground. Thus coal will become a clean and sustainable energy source (clean coal).

Wrong. There are a number of factors showing that carbon capture is not a good technical, economical or ecological option. Carbon capture can therefore be identified as an attempt to seemingly wash the dirty coal clean.