Rep. Enyart says coal is “key for our energy future”
From The Southern Illinoisan (July 16, 2013)
Calling for an end to coal may be popular in some political circles, but U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart says it’s not realistic or even advisable to help the U.S. energy picture.
The Democrat congressman stopped by the SIU Coal Research Center’s Carterville facility Monday afternoon for a tour and some face time with the center’s director, Tomasz Wiltowski.
With coal making up about 40 percent of the electricity generated domestically, Enyart said it would be a stretch, not to mention an expensive endeavor to try to cover that gap with the remaining sources for power, including natural gas, wind and solar energy.
While those three sources are viewed more favorably in environmental circles for their cleaner properties, Enyart said coal has made some great strides in becoming more efficient and safer. The U.S. need only put more money into research and development of clean coal to take it further, he said.
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