Joe Paterno Fallout at Penn State, the Search for Clean Coal, VINE Founder Yung Nguyen: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: Football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier have been fired but every day we’re learning more about the sex abuse scandal that everyone is talking about. We’ll get an update this hour. 1:40pm: Coal generates half of all the electricity in the U.S. It’s also the biggest source of global-warming emissions and […]

West Coast Scientists Begin Work on Cheaper Carbon Capture Process

Right now, many can’t agree on the value of carbon capture and sequestration–the process by which carbon dioxide is removed from power plant emissions and sequestered underground. Some say it’s the future of coal burning power plants–as more environmental regulations are enacted restricting emissions, carbon capture is one way to lessen the environmental footprint of […]

Report Targets Energy Subsidies for Congressional Cuts

When the Congressional super-committee sits down to cut the nation’s spending, everything is fair game. But a new report released by four non-profit groups suggests the panel look first to cutting energy subsidies. The report is called Green Scissors, and it was released today by groups that promote free market capitalism, consumer protections, the environment, […]

American Electric Power Will Stop Research on Carbon Capture at W.Va. Plant

For the past few years, American Electric Power has been working on a carbon capture and sequestration project at their Mountaineer Power Plant in New Haven, West Virginia. The plant used a chilled ammonia process to remove the carbon dioxide from the gas emitted from the plant, then the carbon was injected underground for storage […]

What Is the Impact of Coal on America’s Environment, History and Culture?

Why do Americans contribute more heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere than Europeans with similar standards of living? One reason is our dependence on cars, but another, less-talked-about reason is coal. Americans rely on coal for nearly half our electricity. Electrical generation pumps out more greenhouse gases than the entire transportation sector — cars, trucks, planes, and ships — combined. Today at 1pm and 9pm, a new American RadioWorks documentary goes back to the roots of our addiction to coal, and shows how our fuel choices changed American culture and history.

What is Clean Coal?

We’ve been hearing the term “clean coal” bandied about the in the media for several years. And in 2008 it became part of the presidential campaign rhetoric. But just what is “clean coal” and does the definition depend on where you stand on the issue? Why do some think it can never be a reality? And just how does Kentucky figure into the clean coal industry? Listen to the Show