“Pollution from clean coal is the same as from natural gas”!
This is what Taiwanese chief cabinet minister Lai Ching-de said on March 17, 2018, when answering legislative inquiry about the plan to restart the Shen Ao Coal Fired Power Plant in 2025 that had been idle for 10 years from 2008 to 2018.
His comment caused immediate criticism from academicians who say that there is no such thing as “clean coal” and pollution from burning coal is 100 times that from burning natural gas to generate electric power.
Each year, over 800 people die from air pollution in Kaohsiung city and over 300 people die from air pollution in Yunlin county.
Academics estimate that operation of the Shen Ao Coal Fired Power Plant will increase airborne particulate pollutants including PM2.5 by 268 tons, and over 1,000 tons of airborne sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides.