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    Ah, but those days when coal power plants did in fact pollute the air have passed a long time ago. I happen to live not far away from Europe's second biggest coal power plant []. It's making those huge clouds that some people make responsible for all the rain we get here. The amazing thing is that the emissions of a modern power plant based on coal are almost 100% water steam. They filter it all out. And this plant is a lignite plant, not even one based on hard coal that would give a higher efficiency and lower emissions per MW/H.

    I once made a exkursion to this plant and we stood on the two oven-towers (on the above photo it's these two towers on top of the big black block on the left). I've never been in a place where the air would have been fresher and felt better to breath.

    Other than that, I think that denying global warming is quite ludicrous. But at least don't blame coal. :-)
    • They filter all what out?

      I thought the problem wrt global warming was that burning coal releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?
      • I thought the problem wrt global warming was that burning coal releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere?

        Quite right, and those carbon dioxide (and other harming substances) end up in those said filters. I don't know the exact figures, but German law requires a certain amount of filtering (could have been something about 70% reduction of direct emmissions and in practice they have a much higher rate of reduction). Naturally, filtering the stuff out doesn't mean it has disappeared altogether. They still
        • This is the case for most of europe.

          Most of the EU is signed up to Kyoto and the UK has set guidelines, goals and pollutor-pays tax and fines that make filtering compulsory and cheaper.

          We also have higher rates of taxation on fuel, the more your car pollutes the more taxes you pay too.

          Still a lot less than it should be. Although Cornwall has several windfarms - a couple are visible from where I live. Hopefully wave power will also make power a lot cheaper in the s/w uk as we get a lot of waves and win


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