Democrats Push Obama for Way Forward on Clean Coal

NEW EAGLE, PA - SEPTEMBER 24: A plume of exhaust extends from the Mitchell Power Station, a coal-fired power plant built along the Monongahela River, 20 miles southwest of Pittsburgh, on September 24, 2013 in New Eagle, Pennsylvania. The plant, owned by FirstEnergy, will be one of two plants in the region to be shut down, affecting 380 employees. The Evironmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Obama administration have been taking major steps to get coal-fired power plants into compliance with clean air regulations. 
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Clare Foran
Oct. 9, 2013, 7:15 a.m.

A group of 410 Democratic officials from 16 states sent a letter Wednesday to the White House, urging the president to provide federal support for the development of clean-coal technology.

“Through the use of technology, coal has met every environmental challenge it has ever faced,” the letter reads.  “There is no reason to view the carbon challenge as any different. However, critical carbon-mitigating coal technologies will not reach the marketplace in a timely manner without strong leadership from you and your administration, nor without significant public investment — similar in scale to that which other energy technologies have received in recent years.”

The letter warns that carbon capture and storage, or CCS, technology is not yet ready to be deployed on a commercial scale. It also states that the signatories have “serious concerns … with the Environmental Protection Agency’s revised proposed New Source Performance Standards for new electric-generating units.”

Terry McAuliffe, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and a contender in the Virginia governor’s race, signed the letter, along with West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant. Tennant will run for the Senate in 2014.

The letter was sent by the CoalBlue Project, a coalition of Democrats who support the development of sustainable, low-carbon-emitting coal technology.

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