Besides being interesting on its own merit, this story also reveals the true motives and belief systems of the envrionmental left. They have developed a fossil fuel bigotry. Rather than be excited about the prospect of coal providing energy to this country and doing so cleanly, they are virtually repulsed at the notion:
Can Coal Ever Be 'Clean'?
Some environmentalists are skeptical of the technology, and of the idea of clean coal in general.
“Claiming that coal is clean because it could be clean -- if a new technically unproven and economically dubious technology might be adopted -- is like someone claiming that belladonna is not poisonous because there is a new unproven safe pill under development,” wrote Donald Brown at liberal think tank Climate Progress.
That IS rich! "Technically unproven and economically dubious." I'll take Solyndra for a thousand Alex. For that matter the entire wind and ethanol industries fit that description. They simply don't want to believe any fossil fuel can be clean and efficient. If it's fossil, it's bad. And that's bigotry.