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Capito Introduces Coal-To-Liquids Energy Legislation

Today, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., introduced the Clean Coal-Derived Fuels for Energy Security Act of 2011.  This legislation would require that certain fuels in the nation’s fuel mix contain a minimum volume of clean coal-derived fuel.  Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., is an original co-sponsor.

The CTL bill is the latest installment in a series of pro-consumer energy ideas introduced by Capito. Recently, Capito released her Five Point Plan to lower gas prices which included a section on utilizing West Virginia coal.

“Using coal to produce transportation fuels would further reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil and increase our energy security all while creating good-paying jobs.  Simply put, coal is, and must continue to be, an integral component of our energy portfolio.  Finding new ways to use this abundant resource must be a top priority,” stated Capito, co-founder of the Congressional Coal Caucus.

Capito applauds the opening of the $4 billion coal-to-gasoline plan in Mingo County earlier this week and says it’s now time for Congress to encourage the use of clean coal-derived fuels.  

“In West Virginia, we are literally sitting on the homegrown, cheap, abundant energy,” Capito said.  “It is past time we begin utilizing our coal to not only provide electricity, but to also fuel our vehicles, machinery and airplanes.”

Coal-to-liquid technology is widely utilized for transportation fuel in South Africa, while China, India, Australia and the Philippines have also invested heavily in coal-derived fuel.  “We know the technology works and we know that West Virginia coal is up to the task,” added Capito.