“Over the last ten years I’ve heard an incredible amount of nonsense from people championing carbon capture and storage (CCS), a.k.a. clean coal. This was usually because those pushing the technology actually had no genuine commercial interest in seeing it happen. They just saw it as a public relations tool to stop meaningful policies to reduce emissions…. Some of the nonsense I’ve heard over the years included a Rio Tinto senior manager suggesting back in 2003 that until we had demonstrated CCS, there was no point implementing a price on carbon pollution. … Whether it be clean coal or renewables, if we are to reduce emissions over the longer-term at a politically tolerable cost, governments will need to provide support beyond a few one-off demonstration projects.”
See http://www.climatespectator.com.au/commentary/time-end-clean-coal-charade.