'Clean Coal' Plan Draws Mixed Reaction Coal magnate John W. Rich Jr. wants to build the nation's first coal-to-diesel fuel plant in Pennsylvania. The "clean coal" plant has political support, but it is meeting hostility from environmentalists.
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'Clean Coal' Plan Draws Mixed Reaction

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'Clean Coal' Plan Draws Mixed Reaction

'Clean Coal' Plan Draws Mixed Reaction

'Clean Coal' Plan Draws Mixed Reaction

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Coal magnate John W. Rich Jr. wants to build the nation's first coal-to-diesel fuel plant in Pennsylvania. The so-called "clean coal" plant has bi-partisan political support, but the plan to turn waste coal into gas is meeting skepticism from financiers and outright hostility from environmentalists, who say there's no such thing as "clean coal."

Joel Rose from member station WHYY in Pennsylvania reports.

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