Speaker: Hayes to discuss clean coal technology
Jason Hayes of the American Coal Council will discuss coal markets “and the decisions that we make in difficult environments.”
As global demand for energy increases, Hayes predicts coal will gain stature as a leading solution to America’s energy needs. Coal provides energy security as an abundant, domestic resource, Hayes said. It provides economic security because it’s affordable and provides American jobs and it’s becoming an increasingly cleaner energy resource.
“Our tagline is that we work to be the preeminent business voice of the American coal industry,” Hayes said. “What we try to do is encourage networking among members of the coal and energy industry and also try to build the business opportunities for our members and broadly advocate for coal as an affordable, abundant, secure and environmentally friendly fuel source.”
Part of Hayes talk will focus on the efforts to make coal cleaner—whether it’s removing impurities, changing the chemical composition or improving scrubbers on the emissions end. Other emerging technologies include carbon sequestration, oxy-fuel combustion and underground coal gasification.
Still, coal is indispensable for America’s energy needs. “We can’t produce our needed energy without it,” Hayes said.
It would take 250 nuclear reactors or 17 more trillion cubic feet of natural gas or the equivalent of 500 Hoover dams to replace coal in the United States.
There’s no energy source that’s completely carbon dioxide nuetral, Hayes added. “Every energy resource has its warts and blemishes.” There are storage issues with nuclear energy and hydro alters natural habitats and natural gas isn’t as clean as it was once thought to be.
“As far as cost and supply, coal is our best option in domestic energy generation. The basic facts show that over 30 years, we’ve more than doubled our use of coal and at the same time atmospheric pollutants have gone down ... our air quality is better today than in 1970.”