Coal-fired power plants are the largest source of global warming pollution in the United States-yet right now, our country is poised to increase these emissions by building many new dirty coal plants.
Virtually all of these proposed plants lack carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology, which aims to capture a plant's global warming-causing carbon emissions and store it underground. Building more plants without CCS would lock us into decades of rising carbon emissions at a time when we are trying to rein in global warming pollution.
Please urge Congress to oppose the construction of new coal-fired power plants unless they feature CCS technology. We already have renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies readily available that can meet our country's near-term energy needs.
Funding of carbon capture and storage technology should be limited to 5 to 10 demonstration plants until the technology is proven to be safe, reliable, and cost-effective.
Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that the country can meet its near-term energy needs and curb emissions through using readily available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. I urge you to support more aggressive deployment of these cleaner, safer technologies.