Despite Donald Trump’s self-imposed ignorance regarding climate change and clean energy technology, his administration is wasting no time taking credit for yet another Obama-era achievement.
In what could easily (and probably correctly) be construed as a pandering act to the coal industry, Energy Secretary Rick Perry (no, we still cannot get used to that either) is attending a celebratory opening of the country’s first coal-fired electricity unit that is equipped to capture carbon dioxide and then store it underground.
Titled the Petra Nova project, this “clean coal” technology – spearheaded as a joint venture of NRG Energy and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration Corp – is capable of capturing and repurposing 90% of the carbon it emits.
More importantly, though, is the fact that the Petra Nova project began under the Obama administration and is in no uncertain terms a byproduct of the Trump agenda concerning energy or climate change. To date – despite the new president’s audacious claims concerning investment in “clean coal” technology, the administration has offered absolutely nothing in terms of plans or budget proposals to actually fund such endeavors.
To the contrary, White House budget proposals appear to seek cuts to the Department of Energy’s research programs that designed to advance the very technology employed by Petra Nova.
According to The Washington Post, the administration’s 2018 budget “aims an unspecified cut at the Fossil Energy Research and Development Program, which, among other things, funds carbon capture and storage research.”
“And a budget memo sent to Congress by the White House Office of Management and Budget targets deep cuts to the same program for the remainder of the 2017 fiscal year,” the article continues.
This, of course, falls in line with Trump’s rhetoric of declaring climate change – and by association all investment in the fight against it – a “hoax”, as well as further exemplifies his aggressive push to reverse much of President Obama’s energy legacy.Click here for reuse options!
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