Scientists say cost of capturing CO2 declining

Scientists at West Virginia lab say they've demonstrated ways to remove 90 percent of the carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants _ the main obstacle to President Trump's touted "clean coal" _ but it's still too expensive

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Technology now in limited use removes about 90 percent of carbon dioxide from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants, but energy experts say cost remains the chief obstacle to bringing the “clean coal” touted by President Donald Trump into the mainstream.

Industrial-scale carbon-capture projects have begun operating recently in the U.S., Canada and Abu Dhabi.

In Congress, bipartisan bills with 64 co-sponsors would increase carbon-capture tax credits.

Federal scientists are exploring ways to cut costs and to inject more liquefied CO2 back into the Earth.

They expect to see second-generation technology with lower costs for large power projects by 2020, though they acknowledge routine use of the technology is at least another decade away.

First Published October 9, 2017 12:00 AM

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