Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Coal-to-Liquid Amendment Liquidated

The Senate voted 61-33 against an amendment to Senater Majority Leader Harry Reid's bill, S. 1419, the "Renewable Fuels, Consumer Protection and Energy Efficiency Act of 2007," that called for $200 million to build coal-to-liquid plants and $10 billion in loans for sequestration of carbon dioxide from the plants. This was a good amendment from, particularly the sequestration subsidy.

The Senate also rejected 55-39 an amendment to create a fuel mandate program rquiring production of 6 billion gallons of liquid coal fuel by 2022. This is of course a complement to the construction and loan supports. This retreat simply reduce the mix of energy available to the most dynamic economy on Earth. It also avoids carbon dioxide capture technology.

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