“With the world’s largest reserves of secure domestic coal meeting half the nation’s electricity needs, the U.S. has a strategic interest in developing advanced clean coal technology,” said Hal Quinn, president and CEO, NMA. “CCS technology will enable U.S. power plants to not only neutralize carbon emissions from coal combustion but also to continue providing American households and industries with affordable electric power and high-wage employment from coal production.

“Sens. Rockefeller and Voinovich have taken an important leadership role in providing the necessary financial incentives and a much-needed regulatory framework to facilitate the development and early deployment of this vital technology,” Quinn said. “The bill not only provides a pathway for continued energy independence in meeting our electricity needs, it also will create much-needed jobs across America.”