The term “clean coal” figures prominently in discussions about the future of United States energy policy, but what exactly is it, and can it really help? Coal generates over half of the electricity used in the United States, and accounts for 36 percent of the United States’ overall releases of carbon dioxide (“CO2”). Coal-fired power plants in general are the largest source of man-made CO2, and these plants account for over one quarter of the world’s total emissions.
Rohleder, Jennifer. “The Buzz about Clean Coal.” Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Winter 2007, 21.