"Sen. Dorgan (D-ND): Question isn’t whether we’re going to use coal in the future, it’s how"
Droughts are already occurring in my state more frequently.
We ought to be moving much much much more aggressively forward on wind and solar.
In 1916, Congress put in place long-term, permanent tax incentives for finding oil and gas. Wind and solar tax credits are extended very short-term, and often expire … an anemic, weak response.
The production tax credit [for wind] should be extended for a full decade.
I’m going to offer an amendment would respect the coal.
Does anybody think we’re not going to use in the future.
We need to find a way to capture and sequester the CO2 from coal
The question isn’t whether we’re going to use coal in the future, it’s how.
The world’s largest application of carbon storage is in North Dakota.
We need to have a kind of a moonshot approach … commit billions of dollars to the research, science, and development of how we are going to do this.
“Single-cell pond scum called algae” … in Arizona, is being grown in greenhouses next to a coal plant.
“I ate some cookies from this process.” Well, from baking soda made from the CO2 that is captured.
He believes that using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery is the same as geologic sequestration. Alas!
Studying termites that could make hydrogen.
There is no way we solve this problem without solving the problem of how we continue to use coal.
Amendment: Strips money from the back end of this bill (don’t ask me how) to add $20 billion to the $17 billion in the bill for technology, including clean coal.