Obama advisor supports clean coal, with some reservations

One of President Barack Obama's top energy advisors spoke in support of clean coal as part of America's future energy mix, according to Politico.

Obama's campaign drew sharp criticism from some Republicans recently over its failure to include coal as part of its "all of the above" energy strategy on the campaign website. Though the website soon added "clean coal" as another option, some opponents remained unimpressed.

But at the Politico Pro energy breakfast briefing on Tuesday, May 15, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal explained that the administration continues to work productively with the industry to promote "environmentally friendly" uses of coal.

"When it comes to our power regulations, what we’ve done is focus on a pathway for clean coal," Zichal explained, though adding, "We see it certainly playing a role in the future as well. But from our perspective, what the president’s focused on is, you shouldn’t have to choose between your job and clean air."

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported earlier this month it expects coal-fired generation to decline roughly 15 percent this year, before rising again next year.

Projections for the adoption of clean coal are available at PennEnergy's Research area.

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