The Department of Energy announced yesterday that it was giving the University of Kentucky $14.5 million to study ways to capture greenhouse gas emissions from coal plants:
The U.S. Department of Energy announced it was giving the University of Kentucky Research Foundation $14.5 million to support continued studies that seek to reduce costs and improve capturing carbon dioxide from coal-fired power plants.
Coal-burning power plants are among the leading sources of the greenhouse gases blamed for contributing to climate change. And finding ways to burn coal while managing carbon dioxide may be a key to keeping Kentucky in the coal business, Kentucky energy officials have said.
In Governer Beshear’s response praising the federal government for investing in a major local industry, he managed to… blame the federal government for the industry’s problems:
“This funding announcement is good news for UK, but more important, it is good news for all Kentuckians,” said Gov. Steve Beshear in a written statement. “Managing power plant emissions from existing facilities is necessary to ensure our traditional manufacturing economy, our mining industry and our citizens can prosper in the face of increasingly more stringent federal regulations.”
Yet more evidence that the American coal industry and its supporters will complain about the Obama administration’s energy policies no matter what the Obama administration does.
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