It’s already July,
and in just a few days we’ll celebrate Independence Day. From
large cities to small towns, families will be celebrating, attending parades,
BBQs and fireworks shows to honor those who have defended our freedom.
Especially this year, it’s also a day to think about our neighbors and friends
who are struggling during these difficult economic times.
President Obama was in Racine, Wisconsin yesterday discussing our
nation’s current economic situation. He said it’s “time for this country to
embrace a clean energy future” in order for clean energy jobs to be created
right here in America.
The President has
always touted advanced technologies – including carbon capture
and storage – as a vital part of moving toward a clean energy future.
Governors around the
nation have also recognized clean coal technology’s importance, governors
like Wisconsin’s Jim Doyle (D):
I am a green-energy
guy … But I also understand that we need coal as a major source of energy. What
that means is, we need to develop and support the technologies and businesses
that are involved in the production of energy from clean
Wisconsin is home to
over $66 million in clean coal research, including a
successful carbon capture pilot project
completed at the Pleasant Prairie Power Plant, right down the street
from where President Obama spoke Wednesday.
The plant currently uses advanced technology to eliminate up to 90% of
nitrous oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions. This is one example proving that
by continuing to invest in carbon capture technology to reduce emissions,
America can promote independence from foreign sources of energy and secure many
American families’ economic future by creating jobs right here.