Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 12, 2008

Boucher introduces key bill in push for clean coal energy

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Reaction to reports of the legislation in the West Virginia and Virginia coalfields was solid in support of the efforts. “It’s absolutely critical for the future of this nation for the technology (of carbon capture and storage) to mature and develop,” Bill Raney, president of the West Virginia Coal Association said. “The federal government has to take a leadership role in this process. If congress decides to enact (more rigid emissions requirements), they have to take some responsibility in developing new technologies.”

Raney said that that coal produces more than half of the energy consumed in the U.S., and that despite the desire to develop alternate energy sources, coal remains the most important aspect of the nation’s domestic energy production.

Barbara Altizer, executive director of the Eastern Coal Council said that she hopes to review the bill in greater detail, but she was impressed by what the co-sponsors said about coal and the need to concentrate on domestic energy sources.

“I was thrilled with some of the statements these political leaders made,” Altizer said. “We have enough coal to last hundreds of years. I think this bill will help efforts to control greenhouse gas emissions in the years to come.”

Cecil Roberts, president of the United Mine Workers of America expressed his support for the legislation in the press release from Boucher’s office, and the leadership of several domestic energy producing companies including Michael G. Morris, president and chief executive officer of American Electric Power, Kraig Naaz, National Mining Association president and chief executive officer, Jim Rogers, Duke Energy chief executive officer, Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman of Dominion, David Ratcliffe, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southern Company, Bill Johnson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy and Dick Silverman, chief executive officer of Salt River Project joined in supporting the legislature.

– Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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