US Energy Secretary Rick Perry has used the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) as a platform to highlight the importance of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the global energy sector.
During ‘A Conversation with Environment Secretary Rick Perry and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke’ at the event, Perry said that countries such as India and China will continue to use coal and the US wants to use American technologies to help them do this in the most efficient and environmentally friendly way.
He said: “Clean coal technologies like carbon capture, utilization, sequestration – we are exporting that around the world. We are going into India, we are going into China with technologies where they are going to use coal. We want them to use American technologies that will allow the use of that in the most environmentally friendly way that can occur.”
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Meanwhile, President Donald Trump used the CPAC event to reinforce his statement from his State of the Union address that his administration has ended the war on energy.
He said: “We have ended the war on beautiful, clean coal – one of our great natural resources.”
Perry’s comments follow statements from several experts within the energy industry that there are a vast number of developing countries that rely on the use of fossil fuels, such as coal for energy, and these nations do not have the ability to rapidly convert to an energy mix heavily reliant on renewables.