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  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    i don't think it is possible to treat a spill of the magnitude of what happened in kingston, TN with "fixatives" or any other method. it was one of the worst environmental disasters in the U.S. and there are thousands of more fly-ash storage sites all over the U.S. little ticking time-bombs are what they are, and we'd be crazy to continue to make them bigger or to make more of them. shut down the coal plants and use clean, abundant, and cheap natural gas!!
    Jul 26 09:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    i think if it is stored "down hole", as in below the water table and from where it was retrieved, alleviates the need for it to be treated.
    Jul 26 09:35 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    this is true, and robert hefner has investigated this. it seems the cleanest coal is also the most efficient to burn, and was therefore mined first. the coal that is produced in the U.S. is therefore increasingly more and more dirty. none of it is "clean coal"....
    Jul 26 09:34 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    why are people so hung up on labels like "left" or "right" or "republican" or "democrat"?

    i sure miss the days when America was a country or pragmatists, engineers, and real policymakers. today, no one wants to THINK. i guess it hurts too much or something. so, they rely on silly labels to make themselves feel better and in many cases "superior".

    so, if you *really* think the eath hasn't warmed in "FIFTEEN years", then i encourage you to take a look around, watch the weather channel a bit, drop the labels and your rigid ideology, and *THINK* for a change.
    Jul 25 04:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    yeah, i figure he must on property on the banks of the river. probably has a well on it too (ouch!). poor guy.
    Jul 25 04:49 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    hi nick - sorry for my earlier response to you as i thought it was aimed at me! ;)
    Jul 25 04:48 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    thanks for being specific. you really add to the quality of experience on SA .... (not).
    Jul 25 04:47 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    i don't agree that the only thing companies can do with the wastewater is dump it in holding ponds. the only solution i know of is what they are doing in north dakota: all fluids pulled out of a hole must be stored back down the hole (or another hole). it has to be stored under ground and under the water table. what better place to put it than the place you pulled it out of? it seems to be working fine in ND.
    Jul 25 04:45 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    if i hear anyone say "clean coal" i just walk away!
    Jul 25 04:43 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    oh, so now nat gas is the cleanest fuel? i thought you had a love affair with coal? man, you confuse me.
    Jul 25 04:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    yes, please read Robert Hefner III's great book, "The Grand Energy Transition", the "GET". here is a website where you can order a complimentary DVD:

    http://www.the-get.com

    but nothing can beat reading his book. Hefner has no peer in this field. In the book, he makes a great case that the world has an abundance of natural gas (and this is being proved out every day) and probably holds more energy than oil and coal combined.
    Jul 25 04:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    I think those alt energy stocks are down to "next to nothing" because they see a future where natural gas will dominate. Certainly it will displace coal. I agree that fracking has some serious environmental issues. However, most all the issues can, and are (in North Dakota for example) being dealt with. However, it's like everything else - the government seems to be missing in action. Whether it be energy policy, regulation of the financial industries, or environmental policy, the U.S. gov is just MIA. And that is just as true under Obama as it was under Bush.
    Jul 25 04:37 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    Saves lives huh? Hmm...ever talked to a miner who has spent his life down the shaft? Ever heard someone breath that has breathed coal plant emissions all their life?

    Natural gas is a superior fuel over coal no matter what angle you view it from.
    Jul 25 04:34 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    All coal is "getting going" is people to the doctor's office and the hospital. If you don't believe CO2 is an agent of global warming, then you simply don't have a scientific background. Worse, you are obviously not paying attention to what is going on around you on the Earth. If you are such a lover of coal, and all the toxic heavy metals as a result of burning it, come on down to TN and take a big drink out of the Tennessee River. You can have all you want. I'll check back with you in a few years and see how you are doing. If you are still around.
    Jul 25 04:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • AEP: The Good, The Bad, Or The Dirty? [View article]
    thanks!
    Jul 25 04:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
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