There's a new ad out about clean coal, and it makes me happy every time I see it. The ad consists mostly of a guy who says he's showing you around a clean coal plant, but he's standing in the middle of an empty field. Because of course, there's no such thing as clean coal. To paraphrase the TV show The West Wing, clean coal is just something that pollsters came up with because it sounds better than regular coal. Yet it was all over the presidential debates from both candidates. But hopefully now that the election is over this problem can actually be examined.
Perhaps it'll be examined by the new energy secretary, Physics Nobel laureate Steven Chu. It's thrilling that there will be smart people in office who are actually interested in doing something about climate change. (A nice NY Times blog post about Chu.)