Monday, June 01, 2009

Wyoming scientists digging up the dough for "clean coal"

The Associated Press reports this:

Wyoming scientists are lining up a range of proposals to use stimulus funding for research projects that would help the state's energy industry.

Three groups planned to submit applications Tuesday for stimulus funding administered by the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency.

The Western Research Institute in Laramie is submitting proposals for seven projects that would cost a total of $18 million. The Wyoming State Geological Survey and the University of Wyoming are seeking about $20 million for the first phase of a carbon sequestration project in southwest Wyoming.

The Wyoming Pipeline Authority is seeking $500,000 to design a carbon dioxide pipeline system.

This is great. These funds will bring money and jobs to Wyoming. Face it -- this research needs to be done so Wyoming can figure out how to use its coal into the future. Clean coal research can unearth other methods and technologies even if it doesn't find way to scrub the CO2 out of the crumbling remains of dinosaur carcasses.

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