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4.1 Humans transfer and transform energy.
4.4 Humans transport energy.
Various sources of energy are used to power human activities .
5.2 Energy infrastructure has inertia.
Energy decisions are influenced by several factors.
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- The full HEAT program is available online here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/heat/
About the Science
- The video gives an overview of coal electricity generation, clean coal technology, and sequestering carbon dioxide.
- Clean coal is an umbrella term used to describe technologies that may reduce CO2 emissions (e.g. sequestration, coal gasification, scrubbers).
- Provides statistics for overall annual U.S. coal consumption as well as average household usage, and then explains the need for developing a cleaner way to convert coal into electricity.
- While promising, most applications of clean coal technology are still not ready for implementation.
- Comments from expert scientist: It is a great idea to talk about the pros and cons of the coal industry and possible changes to technology both in terms of combustion technology and carbon capture. The Frontline documentary is a good place to start but I do not think the "background essay" is adequate.
Related URLs These related sites were noted by our reviewers but have not been reviewed by CLEANThe U.S. Department of Energy's Carbon Sequestration program website can be accessed here: http://fossil.energy.gov/programs/sequestration/index.html
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