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According to this Wonk Room (Think Progress) blog posting, Senator and Democratic Vice Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, stated — at a September 17, 2008 campaign stop — that the Obama campaign was "not supporting clean coal."
That comment came when Biden answered a question from an environmental activist in the crowd about energy options for the country. In response, he clearly stated his strong support of renewable energy technologies like solar and wind and then moved on to attack coal as "dirty" and claimed it was "causing people to die." He made it abundantly clear that he was "not supporting clean coal."
Duke Energy held a celebration ceremony to mark the start of contstruction on its Edwardsport IGCC plant. While site prepartation for the $2.35 billion plant began shortly after the plant’s permits and approvals were all in place, this celebration was held to "mark the unofficial start of construction."
Several media outlets, along with Senate, and the FutureGen Alliance websites were praising the July 8th and July 11th votes by the The Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee and Senate Appropriations Committee respectively. In both votes, the Senate chose to protect $134 million in federal funding for the FutureGen plant at Matoon, Il.
Following is the text of an Institute for 21st Century Energy news release that describes their call for a new energy policy platform. The text of this news release and the proposed new energy policy mirror the calls that have been made throughout the energy industry.
Government, industry, and the public must move beyond petty partisanship to wean this country off of its dependence on foreign energy sources, and actively work toward the development of our abundant domestic energy resources in a clean and efficient manner.
A June 18th, 08 Powerspan/Basin Electric Power Cooperative (BEPC) news release describes their efforts to advance an industry-leading carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project in North Dakota.
As part of his campaign platform, Republican Presidential nominee, John McCain is calling for a variety of measures aimed at increasing domestic energy production and reducing American dependence on foreign energy resources.
Alongside of his calls for ending the federal moratorium on drilling for offshore oil reserves and expanding the royalty sharing agreements with states, McCain is also calling for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030. McCain further proposed to provide $2 billion per year in funding to aid in the development of clean coal technologies.
In a June 13 letter from Energy Secretary, Samuel Bodman, the Department of Energy has indicated its plans to cease all funding to the FutureGen project and withdraw from the FutureGen Alliance — a public-private group founded on the goal of building a near-zero emissions coal-fueled generation plant. The DOEs decision cemented its intentions towards the project and closed out some short-term options for the FutureGen Alliance group.
NJ.com has an interesting article on the $1 billion, three-year upgrade that the Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG) is carrying out at their Hudson Power Plant in New Jersey.
The energy industry and pretty much every one else who uses energy will be watching Congress this week as they take on the issue of implementing the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill.
This bill, proposed by Senators, John Warner (R-Va.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn), would set limits (or caps) on the total amount of so-called greenhouse gases (GHG) that could be released by U.S.-based utilities and industry. The bill is claimed to cover some 87 percent of U.S. GHG emissions.