Prez Calls for ‘Trust’ on Clean Energy

By Published On: February 1, 2008

In his State of the Union speech, President George Bush called for trusting “the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs” to create clean energy technology January 28. Bush also called for carbon sequestration from coal plants and increasing the use of nuclear power. However, the next day the federal Department of Energy pulled the plug on its experimental “clean coal” carbon sequestration project in Illinois, known as Future Gen. The original cost estimate for the 275 MW project was $1.8 billion, but that has nearly doubled. Finally, the President invoked the idea of an international agreement on reducing greenhouse gases, but he added that no major economic forces should get a “free ride.” He specified China and India. “The President stopped short of calling for a mandatory cap on global warming pollution,” commented Jason Barbose, Environment California global warming advocate.

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