ICYMI: McKinley Speaks on Innovation at the National Clean Energy Week Conference

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week on Friday September 25th, U.S. Rep. David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) was one of the speakers for the National Clean Energy Week Policy Makers Symposium. The virtual conference was attended by hundreds of professionals, from all corners in the energy industry.

Rep. McKinley discussed the need for a global solution to climate change, focused on innovation. In his remarks, he noted the importance of ensuring a future for fossil fuels and the role that the United States can play in developing those tools necessary for reducing carbon emissions not just in the United States, but also abroad, which include carbon capture and energy efficiency technologies. 

An excerpt of his remarks may be read below:

We have Vice President Biden and this environmental progressive left want us to abandon fossil fuels. He wants the United States to have zero emissions from power generating plants by 2035 and emissions that come from all other sources like agriculture, industrial, and transportation to be carbon free by 2050. Look, I think we all know in this panel these are unrealistic deadlines but more importantly, they do nothing to change the global mindset on fossil fuels and carbon emissions. But we must take Vice President Biden and his supports at their word. What I’m saying is the other fork in the road is an alternative, shouldn’t we continue to develop energy technology that the rest of the world can adopt, things like energy efficiency and carbon capture.

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The International Energy Agency just in this last week put out a report, that “carbon capture is a critical part of reaching net zero emissions and if we don’t have carbon capture it’s unrealistic that we ever get to net zero.” I don’t think the IEA were referring to just the United States. I think they were talking about the world. How the rest of the world is going to reduce carbon production. So, without carbon capture, over eighty percent of our global energy production which depends on coal and natural gas, these fossil fuels around the world won’t have a future.

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Look, in less than six weeks, America will be making a choice. We can continue on this path of innovation and research and can continue reducing our emissions, or America can just abandon fossil fuels altogether. But you have to remember and I will say it again and again, unless the rest of the world abandons fossil fuels which realistically they will not. I’ve been to China, India, and some of these other countries, they are not going to abandon fossil fuels. America will still experience wildfires on the west coast, droughts in the Midwest, and hurricanes on the east coast. So, if Congress is truly serious about trying to address carbon emissions. The most practical and reasonable approach is to do it through innovation and research, it’s that simple.

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