The Times West Virginian

July 30, 2013

Energy secretary says coal, other fuels have place in national climate plan

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

MORGANTOWN — U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz spoke Monday about President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan and how different types of energy are involved.

In his address to National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) employees and other government representatives including Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., Moniz said the Climate Action Plan is a broad plan to reduce the effects of climate change. He said the plan includes cutting carbon emissions, increasing the productions of clean energy and doubling down on energy efficiency.

“The challenges are serious,” Moniz said. “But it’s pretty hard to argue that we’re not already seeing the effects of global warming.”

Moniz said NETL, which is located in Morgantown, plays an important role in Obama’s plan that includes several energy strategies.

“NETL, out of our 17 laboratories, is unique,” he said. “It’s very much engaged not only in the laboratory research but in the way we manage our fossil energy programs.”

Moniz took a tour of NETL’s facilities Monday. This was his second visit to the laboratory in 14 years.


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