Thursday, July 10, 2008

Clean Needles and Clean Coal

Going on the radio to start my monthly editorial gig on The Great Green Home Show tomorrow.

Apparently my first on air experience went well enough to get me called back. Called back to talk about clean coal.

I'll roll it out a little something like this:

1. Acorn's investment in emissions scrubbing technologies.

2. A little rave I wrote about carbon capture and sequestration.

3. This blog's subsequent inclusion on the list of the 75 best blogs that are skeptical of clean coal.

4. My comment to the listmakers explaining my conflicted feelings on the subject.

5. And the anonymous reply to my comment reminding me that I should be ashamed of myself for supporting the coal industry.

And at the center of my thoughts will be a question:

Is it reasonable to compare investing in cleaning up coal emissions with providing clean needles to heroin addicts? Are those two things similar in their imperfect practicality? Not real solutions but ways to prevent big problems from getting even bigger?

I'm sure hosts Paul and Doug, the aspiring future Click and Clack, will have plenty to say.