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President should do more to support fossil fuel

Where we stand

April 29, 2012
The Mining Journal

When new rules for air pollution from gas and oil wells were announced earlier this month by the Environmental Protection Agency, there was no mention of federal help in finding ways to comply. Drillers were given two years to come up with something on their own.

Had the question involved solar or wind energy, would that have been the government's position? Of course not. Millions of dollars would have been provided for research to help the "alternative" energy industry.

President Barack Obama has made it abundantly clear that, despite his pledges to develop an energy policy including oil and gas, he wishes fossil fuels - including coal - would just go away.

His Department of Energy's fiscal 2013 budget calls for spending nearly $2.4 billion, or 8.6 percent of the agency's budget, on research to help the "renewable" energy industry and on energy efficiency.

But the agency wants just $428.5 million, or 1.4 percent of its budget, for research into fossil fuels.

Is this an "all of the above" energy policy? Of course not - and it needs to change.



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