Charles McConnell, formerly assistant secretary of energy disputes his old boss's contention that carbon capture is both viable and affordable. That undercuts Obama's position that carbon capture and sequestration is commercially viable and supports the coal's industry contention that Obama and the EPA are using this regulation to kill the coal industry.
“Studies have verified that implementation of technology is necessary to comply with EPA’s proposed regulation and meet the (greenhouse gas) targets necessary for limiting CO2 emissions to our atmosphere. However, commercial technology currently is not available to meet EPA’s proposed rule. The cost of current CO2 capture technology is much too high to be commercially viable.”
Energy experts have been arguing that CCS is unproven technology, while the EPA sharply disagrees, even though no commercial CCS has ever been built or tested. This is nothing new for the Obama administration. For years they have been fining oil companies because they have not been using a mandated biofuel in their gasoline. The biofuels in question are only availabe by the test tube.
The plan is simple. New coal fired plants cannot operate at CO levels unless they use the CCS system, which may not even work or may not lower carbon levels enough to satisfy the regulation. And the cost of building a plant with CCS technology may prove to be economically not feasible. The plan is to kill coal without coming right out and banning coal.