No matter what decisions we make here in America regarding how we use coal to generate electricity, there is no stopping its use in other parts of the world.
The New York Times makes that point perfectly today. Countries with long-dormant coal industries – like Japan and Britain – are beginning to ramp up coal production because of the high costs of other fuels.
That’s why we need to be sure we keep putting dollars into funding clean coal technology research. We already export coal – and if we lead the way in creating and implementing the best ways to use it, we’ll be exporting U.S. – developed technology as well.
The world’s demand for coal won’t subside, but with our help in developing cleaner ways to use it, the future will be brighter for everyone.