Maryland Congressman Andy Harris talks about coal better than coal-state politicians.
Coal is getting a bad rap, Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said Thursday, saying the government’s focus on carbon capture and sequestration misses out on other energy opportunities.
“Rarely … has a beneficial, life-improving resource upon which we depend so heavily been so maligned,” said Harris, chairman of the House Science Committee’s energy and environment subcommittee, during a hearing on DOE coal research. “Despite steadily improving efficiency and significantly cleaner processes, coal suffers from a reputation that leads many to think — wrongly — that we’d be better off without it.
“Considering that [Energy’s] goal is to find [carbon capture and sequestration] technology that only increases electricity costs by 30 percent, I have to question whether we should be investing taxpayer dollars on a technology that likely never will be commercially viable in the absence of carbon constraints that Congress has already rejected,” Harris added…
Harris also rightly questioned carbon capture and sequestration.
Readers will remember that 10 days ago, Congressman Harris was our Hero of the Day.