COMMENT: Carbon capture key to zero emissions energy | Notice
If the nation is to correct this situation, renewable energy will have to be built on the shoulders of existing fossil fuel production, not in its place.
Additionally, we will need emission-free fossil fuel power plants, both gas and coal, to ensure we have the distributable energy we need when we need it most.
The question of ensuring reliable nutrition, especially on freezing winter days or scorching summer days, is extremely serious and leaves no room for error. As we saw last February in Texas, when 70% of the state lost power for several days, lives were lost and economic disruption is still being felt.
The power outages last summer in California, followed this summer by the threat of supply shortages from the Pacific Northwest to New York State, should serve as a timely reminder that we need to invest in a balanced mix. production resources to ensure the reliability of the power supply. No fuel is the answer, while a diverse portfolio of resources can help mitigate risk.
For example, coal-fired power plants typically have months of fuel on-site, with the ability to produce electricity reliably and at stable prices, unlike in states or regions of the country that are too dependent on natural gas.
We must also be pragmatic about the sources of energy on which the world will rely. Other countries are looking to the United States for leadership in climate action. This reality requires the deployment of technologies capable of capturing carbon in coal and natural gas power plants and a new generation of emissions-free fossil fuel technologies.