From Senator Obama’s energy platform, “New Energy for America,” the section, “Diversify Our Energy Sources”:
Develop and Deploy Clean Coal Technology. Carbon capture and storage technologies hold enormous potential to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions as we power our economy with domestically produced and secure energy. As a U.S. Senator, Obama has worked tirelessly to provide incentives to accelerate private sector investment in commercial scale zero-carbon coal facilities. In order to maximize the speed with which we advance this critical technology, Obama will instruct DOE to enter public private partnerships to develop 5 “first of a kind” commercial scale coal-fired plants with carbon capture and sequestration.
These points are consistent, quite consistent, with legislation introduced last year by Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), S. 2323, the Carbon Capture and Storage Techology Act of 2007. Republican Sens. Arlen Specter and Ted Stevens were the two cosponsors (not Senator Obama). Among other things, the bill would ” establish 3-5 ‘first-of-a-kind’ coal-fired demonstration plants with carbon capture.”
Senator Kerry chaired a Commerce subcommittee hearing on the bill last November:
“If the United States continues to turn a blind eye to dangerous emissions, we will be forced to climb an even steeper hill in battling global climate change,” said Senator John Kerry. “Carbon capture and storage technologies hold enormous potential to reduce our emissions as we power our economy. This legislation and today’s hearing offer a chance to embrace smart solutions the American way: by harnessing technology to help combat the climate change threat.”
Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
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