The Democrat-led project’s letter, signed more than 400 lawmakers from 16 states, proposes to work with the White House on advancing energy policies to accelerate development and deployment of sustainable coal.

“The CoalBlue Project is making the case that advancing the development of sustainable coal is indispensable to achieving a clean energy future for America,” said ex-U.S. Congressman Ron Klink, Board Chairman of the CoalBlue Project. 

Prudent stewardship of domestic energy requires “a more robust and immediate investment in sustainable coal technologies,” the letter added. “A primary purpose of CoalBlue’s letter is to give voice to the hundreds of state and local Democratic leaders who support sustainable coal policies; this is the first of many efforts CoalBlue will undertake.”

Through innovative coal technologies, America can align its energy agenda with economic priorities “while delivering a cleaner environment for future generations,” said West Virginia Democrat Nick Rahall, a National Co-Chairman of the CoalBlue Project.  
Current efforts aimed at new energy technologies are inadequate with respect to coal, according to the initiative, negating the fossil fuel’s potential as a critical and time-sensitive carbon-mitigating power source.

The realities of domestic and global energy demand, moreover, dictate coal will be a vital source of energy generation for many decades to come, added CoalBlue supporters. The world’s appetite for energy resources, meanwhile, must be balanced with obligations to deliver a clean, enduring environment. 

The CoalBlue Project is a coalition of Democrats committed to securing coal’s place in America’s sustainable energy future. It is led and supported by Democrats at all levels of government – federal, state and local – nationwide; the CoalBlue Project is a District of Columbia nonprofit corporation.