Popular vote loser Donald Trump says a lot of stupid things. So many, in fact, that someday somebody will write volumes containing nothing but moronic quotes from America’s 45th President.
There may be a whole chapter in those volumes about what Trump recently said about clean coal:
“We’ve ended the war on beautiful, clean coal,” Trump declared, “and it’s just been announced that a second, brand-new coal mine, where they’re going to take our clean coal. They’re taking out coal, they’re going to clean it.”
Yes. That’s right. The President of the United States believes that “clean coal” means that miners literally take coal out of mines and literally clean it. The idiocy knows no bounds.
The concept of “clean coal,” in fact, is a rather tenuous one. The term came out of a $40 million campaign by the American Council for Clean Coal Electricity in 2008 to promote the idea of a green alternative to standard coal. From Vice News:
[If] clean coal worked at all, it would, in theory, work by either turning solid coal into a gas by applying heat and pressure, in a steamy, oxygen-rich environment or by trying to trap carbon from power plant exhaust.
Either way, though, the technology is still underdeveloped and ineffective, at least for now. Even the Department of Energy’s website concedes that “these technologies are not ready for widespread deployment on fossil fuel based power plants.”
Clean coal is a cornerstone issue in Trump’s energy policy, so it makes sense that he would actually have no idea how it works or what it even means.
We have officially elected a man who is literally the most unintelligent President in the history of these already great United States. Nice work, America.