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Promoting Cleaner Coal Technology

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Sens. Voinovich and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) recently unveiled the Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Deployment Act of 2010. This bipartisan legislation promotes research and creates incentives to develop and deploy full scale CCS technologies for a strong energy future. The development of CCS technology is critical to meeting the energy and environmental objectives of the United States. According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, the United States has the most coal of any nation in the world at 239 billion tons, and these reserves can meet the current domestic energy demand for more than 250 years at the current rate of consumption. Sen. Voinovich's legislation will spur private sector development and innovation of clean technologies to dramatically reduce air pollution and capture and store greenhouse gases. "Reliable and affordable energy is the lifeblood of a vibrant economy. In fact, Ohio's position as a manufacturing center is largely attributable to its historical access to a readily available, low-cost energy supply. "Our legislation arms the private sector with the tools to promote domestic advanced energy sources and cultivate job growth," Sen. Voinovich said after introducing the bill.

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