The only thing that will be accomplished by the US ending coal power production is that China and India will buy the coal we are not using for their own power production.
I've read about literally dozens of various reactor designs that make it physically impossible for the core to melt and/or go critical. Many of them have the added bonus that, because they don't do anything all that exciting even in a complete failure, they cost a hell of a lot less to build.
Destroying a currently-thriving industry because we don't like one aspect of it, doesn't really sound like the best approach here.
Don't get me wrong, I agree with you completely. But removing "everything but" CO2 makes it no longer hazardous to humans
Uh... ending our production? Wouldn't that mean we'd be competing with China and India to buy the same non-US coal?
Leaving it in the ground in its current form just naturally sequesters it. Why not take it out, extract the energy, and put back a lower-energy form (ie, carbonate minerals)?
It is hard for me to understand because the quote mentioned only production, and as I understand that word, that would mean we'd stop producing a refined product but not stop burning coal, so we would need to purchase more from other sources.
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