How odd, then, that at a conference on clean coal, Murray told the press, “Carbon capture and sequestration does not work. It’s a pseudonym for ‘no coal.’ It is neither practical nor economic, carbon capture and sequestration. It is just cover for the politicians, both Republicans and Democrats that say, ‘Look what I did for coal,’ knowing all the time that it doesn’t help coal at all.” Talk about throwing the boss under the bus!
As if to underline the truth of his pronouncements, Southern Company announced shortly thereafter that it will stop throwing away billions of dollars a year on a carbon capture venture in Kemper County, Mississippi. It will not, however, refund the money that local utility customers had to pay to support the short sighted plan. Utility companies get their mistakes paid for by their customers.