RANKING MEMBER HALL CALLS FOR INCLUSION OF COAL TECHNOLOGY IN ENERGY PACKAGE
Today, Science and Technology Committee Ranking Member Ralph Hall (R-TX) expressed concerns that coal technologies may not be included in discussions of an energy bill.
Republicans have made efforts to include coal-to-liquid (CTL) technologies in various pieces of legislation that have gone through the Science and Technology Committee. Republican amendments promoting CTL technologies were all voted down in Committee, and will not likely be part of the energy negotiations.
"America's economy and national security depend on the availability of affordable and reliable energy," Hall said. "If we want to lower our energy costs, we need to promote the domestic production of energy and couple that production with technologies that will help make our resources cleaner. Our nation has the largest useable coal deposits in the world. That is why I support research into ways to make coal more clean and efficient, as well as ways to deliver much needed oil and natural gas resources. The Majority has rejected attempts to promote coal to liquid technology, and unfortunately their bill has not a barrel of oil in it."