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June 18, 2006

Other tech: States compete for "pollution free" coal plant

Well at least making clean coal plants is better than dirty coal plants. China is the biggest user of coal. So this kind of technology should almost be given to them so we all choke on less pollution.

Touted as the power plant of tomorrow, FutureGen involves technology that converts coal into highly enriched hydrogen gas that burns cleaner than coal. Plans call for the 275-megawatt plant to capture most of its emissions of carbon dioxide _ a "greenhouse" gas widely blamed for global warming _ and inject them permanently into underground reservoirs, a process called sequestration.

A FutureGen alliance made up of a handful of coal and electric companies, including St. Louis-based Peabody Energy Corp., has committed more than $250 million to the project. The U.S. government is putting up about $700 million.

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