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09 December 2008, 2:56 PM
 

Yes, one knows that the economy and the climate are jobs one through ten, but I can't help but be a tiny bit concerned that the new Obama administration still lacks a Secretary of the Interior, a Secretary of Agriculture, a Secretary of Energy, an Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and a Chairman of the President's Council on Environmental Quality. Plus and all the under secretaries and assistant secretaries and directors and assistant administrators who will eventually be nominated and confirmed to carry out extremely sensitive and important tasks. I have no reason to think that these nominations will not be up to the standard of the nominations we've seen so far, but I hope this doesn't signal a back-burner approach to wildlife and public lands and national parks and national forests, and so forth. A large fraction of our oil and gas, for example, come from the public lands and a smaller but important fraction of our lumber and pulp too. One thing we're going to have to be vigilant about over the next months and years is to ensure that environmental regulations are not sacrificed in the name of economic recovery—and you can be sure that such suggestions will be made. We need strong, bright people to run the environmental agencies, people who have the full support of the president.

I'm no expert, but my gut says clean coal, if not an oxymoron, is likely to prove to be way too expensive compared to the alternatives--efficiency, conservation, and renewables. Federal research and development money should be spent on the latter three. If the coal industry can finance and develop truly clean burning coal (and stop blowing up mountains and burying streams) then more power to them. Just don't expect taxpayer dollars to finance the pipe dream.
Tom

Obama wants to continue the use of coal under the contingency that we'll find a way to burn coal cleanly over the ten years!!
What do you have to say to this?!
It doesn't seem like a good solution to me.
Katie

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