Hope for Resolving the Energy Dilemma

By March 3, 2008Energy

A letter to the editor in today’s Washington Post from John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers:

The Feb. 27 editorial “The Problem With Biofuels” underscored the hard truth that there is no silver bullet to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gases.

The Energy Department projects that demand in America will climb 30 percent by 2030. The real challenge will be how we meet future demands while growing our economy, protecting the environment and creating jobs.

Making better use of nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration, and advanced coal technologies — coupled with research and development into innovative renewable resources — offers hope for increasing reliable and affordable energy sources while improving energy efficiency and conservation.

One study should not discourage us from finding solutions to America’s energy challenges, though it reminds us that the task will not be easy.

President and Chief Executive
National Association of Manufacturers

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