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Department of Energy Pledges $2.4 Billion for Coal Research
May 29, 2009

Speaking before a recent meeting of the National Coal Council, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu emphasized that methods must be identified to efficiently and cost effectively capture carbon dioxide from coal-burning operations. According to Secretary Chu, DOE will allocate $2.4 billion to accelerate development of technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and factories that currently burn coal. Despite the fact that carbon dioxide produced from burning fossil fuels has been identified as the primary greenhouse gas contributing to overall global warming, Secretary Chu assured the Council that coal must remain an integral part of the U.S. energy mix for the foreseeable future. The funding will be provided as part of the recently passed national economic recovery package.

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