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Sep. 11, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

America needs to focus on clean coal

In response to the column appearing on your Sept. 3 Opinion page, I agree that clean coal technology developed in the U.S. should be used on a global scale. Fortunately, the United States has the potential to be the global leader in developing these technologies, and the coal-fueled electricity industry has invested $110 billion dollars so far to this end.

New coal plants are using a slate of over 15 cutting-edge, emission-reducing technologies to generate cleaner electricity from coal, our most affordable and reliable energy source.

According to the Energy Information Administration, coal was our nation's dominant source of electricity last year, supplying more than 37 percent.

As the editorial mentioned, global demand for coal is growing. Global coal consumption is expected to increase by roughly 40 percent by 2035, according to EIA, with Asia's demand growing by 55 percent.

The simple fact is that coal will remain a dominant resource because it is affordable, reliable and abundant. Let's be on the front lines to ensure coal is used efficiently and cleanly both here and abroad.

I urge the Environmental Protection Agency to pursue achievable emission standards that encourage further development of clean coal technology and preserve America's role as a clean energy leader for years to come.

Robert M. "Mike" Duncan

President and CEO

American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

Washington, D.C.

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