With gasoline prices pushing toward $3.50 a gallon, in large measure to the volatile political situations in Libya and the Middle East, Sixth District Congressman Jim Clyburn says America needs to finally get serious about energy independence.
Appearing on MSNBC Monday, Clyburn says the U.S. must step up its efforts to developing a variety of alternative energy sources.
Certainly I want to see cellulosic ethanol and that sort of thing. I want to see us get into ethanol without having to deal with corn. There must be a smorgasbord of sources; I have been saying that for a long time now. I really believe that the will is there, but we just don’t seem to be able to agree on the right paths to achieve that.
Clyburn says there must be a bipartisan effort in Congress to develop a comprehensive alternative energy plan that will not adversely affect any industry or business, Clyburn says he is an advocate of wind, solar, biofuels, and nuclear energy. Clyburn says clean coal should also be in the mix.
I believe that there can be clean coal. Those people who don’t believe in clean coal, I think they’ve got it wrong. I do believe we can do the research necessary to reduce the waste from 35 percent down to less than two percent. They’re doing it in other countries, and we can do it here.
“Clean coal” describes technologies that may reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that arise from the burning of coal to generate energy. Those technologies include carbon capture and sequestration.