hang up the coal habit, hang it up daddy
Dems, don't go out like Stuntman Mike!
Via the mighty mighty Grist, Dems make big Pikachu eyes at "clean coal" ahead of the Montana primary.
Since the Clinton campaign has gone straight kamikaze, it's no surprise that both candidates are making far-fetched promises about milk, honey, and independence from foreign oil, but to quote Burgess Meredith, the thing of it is, though, the thing of it is is that there's no such thing as clean coal. It's the energy-policy equivalent of "humanitarian intervention" - total bullshit, a lie good liberals tell themselves to help them get through the night, a notion so vague that it doesn't even pass muster as a campaign promise and is just a smokescreen which allows politicians to appear pro-growth and pro-environment at the same time (see here and here for Lab rundowns on the politics of coal and the controversy around carbon sequestration, respectively).
Primary-day-poll-humping aside, the bigger issue is that the sheer scale of global warming supercedes the spirit of compromise that defines politics - particuarly the kind of sliding scale that lets Paleolithic industries like power companies that burn coal to continue to party-hardy for 20 more years the atmosphere doesn't have - and it looks like no one's getting this.