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Broad Energy/Climate Bill Could Reduce the Role of Coal

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March 13, 2009

Nashville, TN – U.S. Senate Democrats are putting together a broad energy and global warming bill that will focus on a transition from generating most of America's electricity by burning coal to a combination of coal, wind, bio and solar energy. Critics worry about the cost, but conservation groups says we need this sustainable, reliable, earth-friendly approach to energy and climate change.

Joe Mendelson, global warming policy director of the National Wildlife Federation, says part of the legislation would establish be a cap-and-trade system supporters believe would facilitate the transition by charging the industry for creating pollution.

"When we transition, it’s not necessarily going to be easy, but we can use some of the money that we get through a cap-and-trade system to help make sure that consumers don’t bear the brunt of this."

In Tennessee, coal-burning utility plants have been under scrutiny since a TVA holding pond for ash waste from the coal burning process spilled a billion gallons of coal sludge in Kingston, TN. Mendelson says the accident illustrates that a transition from coal energy will do more than save consumers money.

"It’s clear for Tennessee, it’s not just about utility prices. The state has paid a significant price for coal in the form of disaster."

Dan Gordon, Public News Service - TN