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Fossil fuel battle: who'll reign over America's energy future

Forget renewable energy, apparently the battle for supremacy in your energy future is between Big Coal and Natural Gas. Be aware, the math indicates coal has more Senate votes that natural gas.
Written by Harry Fuller, Contributor on

Forget renewable energy, apparently the battle for supremacy in your energy future is between Big Coal and Natural Gas. Be aware, the math indicates coal has more Senate votes that natural gas. The energy bill that passed the House earlier this year does not taste good to the Senate, so they are going to come up with their own menu of changes. And every coal-mining state has TWO SENATORS. One government analysis of the House bill says it would make little alteration in how we Americans get our electricity: coal would still be dominate, natural gas use would not increase. Gas is far cleaner-burning than coal. But coal advocates keep promising "clean coal" and are pushing for billions in federal subsidies to chase that chimera. It is now clear there'll be no Senate action on the energy and climate change front until the current medical reform bill is settled, one way or the other. If that drags on, energy will get pushed into next year. So far, the Senate advocates for hardy energy reform have not even introduced a version of any bill for debate. The wait continues. ELECTRIC TRUCK BLAMED ON OBAMA! Here's the nonsensical talkback: "So you are going to take a diesel powered truck that pulls 80,000 pounds and make it electric." No, this is about using the pressure of tires beneath a slowing vehicle to drive generating pistons to produce electricity to use in the Burger King or to light streets or stop signs or.... This has almost nothing to do with plug-in vehicles. Nor does it have much of anything to do with Obama and anything else political. I'm pretty alert to "hidden connections" but Obama and pressure-produced electricity is a stretch for evcen me. And now we know why there's so much conern over the state of American education. Don't they still teach reading comprehension or simply how to run a business so it looks profitable?

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