Sec. Moniz: Coal will play a major role in American energy
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said Thursday that coal will continue to play a major role in meeting America’s energy needs even as the Obama administration seeks to reduce carbon emissions and combat global warming.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Moniz dismissed claims from Republicans and some coal-state Democrats that President Barack Obama’s climate plan amounted to a war on coal. He said he and the president “strongly support an all-of-the above energy policy” that embraces traditional energy sources such as coal, oil and nuclear power, as well as renewables such as solar, wind and hydro.
“The president made clear that we anticipate that coal and other fossil fuels are going to play a significant role for quite some time on the way to a very low carbon economy,” he said.
It will be interesting to see how far (or if) this sentiment actually plays out in real life, especially given the fact that the President continues to refer to carbon dioxide using inflammatory and incorrect terms like “carbon pollution.”