The following post is a copy of part an article from Greenpeace that I totally agree with.
"Trick or Treat? It's hard to tell these days what's a trick and what's a treat when it comes to energy. Ideas like "Clean Coal" and nuclear power may sound like solutions to oil and gas dependency, but in reality, these negative energy sources should be avoided at all cost (and they DO cost!).
Don't let a mask like "clean" coal fool you into thinking coal is safe. Underneath the industry's costume lurks a dark and scary truth. Coal is a dirty, polluting fossil fuel that contributes nearly 40% to overall global warming emissions, and so-called "Clean Coal" technologies like Carbon Capture and Sequestration are decades away from viability -- if they ever prove viable at all, that is. Simply put, there is no such thing as "Clean Coal."
So what about nuclear power? Well, that's an even scarier prospect. You can't see the dangers of nuclear power, but, like an ancient vampire, nuclear waste can last for several centuries. Leaks of this radioactive waste can slowly kill anyone who is exposed to it, while waste storage sites represent dangerous threats to our national security.
More frightening still is the cost of nuclear power: Every dollar spent on nuclear energy would go 7-10 times further if it were invested in efficiency measures and renewable energy. Just comparing the cost of nuclear development vs. the cost of switching to renewable energy sources like wind and solar makes me want to scream. It's time to drive a stake through the heart of the nuclear industry."