Can Coal be Clean? The Promise of Climate Change Technology

Ernest J. Moniz Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems, Director, MIT Energy Initiative, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rick Boucher Member, U.S. House of Representatives (D-VA)
Michael A. Levi Fellow for Science and Technology and Director, Program on Energy Security and Climate Change, Council on Foreign Relations

As the largest generator of electricity in the United States, China, and India and a leading source of carbon emissions, coal will play an important role in energy and climate change policy from local to global levels. New technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration have been touted as cure-alls for the environmental ills of carbon-emitting coal plants. But these technologies like many others may face significant technical and economic hurdles. Join Dr. Moniz, cochair of the recent MIT report “The Future of Coal,” and Representative Boucher to discuss the pivotal role of coal in the global energy and climate change debate.

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