Gov. Jay Inslee’s energy office wants to wean us off coal and to isolate Washington from the world carbon emission problem (TNT, 5-19).
Coal-burning power plants provide 46 percent of electricity consumed in the U.S., natural gas 23 percent, nuclear power 20 percent, hydro 7 percent and “everything else” 4 percent. Even if “everything else” doubles or triples, the solutions we often hear the most about won’t come close to meeting demand. It’s hopeless to quit burning coal anytime soon, so we need to do it better.
New technologies can cost-effectively achieve 90 percent carbon capture. It’s projected to …