The President is committed to coal having a role in the national energy strategy. That was the message coming from United States Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz during his visit to Morgantown on Monday.
Moniz visited the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), in Morgantown. During his visit he mentioned the laboratory has an important role in developing a cleaner future.
The visit came a month after President Barack Obama laid out a plan to cut down on global warming. The President's ideas centered around limiting pollution from coal-fired power plants.
Moniz told employees of NETL that coal and other fossil fuels will remain a part of the energy plan for decades. He said the energy department has invested more than $6-billion in clean coal technology.
Moniz was also careful to add that he and the President both believe our country must prepare for a low-carbon economy.
"I'm not going to make any prediction about how much coal or how much of anything is going to be used in a given time," he said. "Our job is to see to it that the marketplace has got choices."
Moniz mentioned states will play a big role in making sure that happens.