By Susan Marriott

President Obama proposed several broad energy-related initiatives in his State of the Union address last week, which are summarized in David Flynn’s post below. Noticeably absent from the President’s address was “clean coal,” which had been part of the President’s “all of the above” approach to domestic energy development. The apparent absence of coal from the President’s energy agenda is another setback to the future of the coal industry, which has been declining in the U.S. due to greenhouse gas regulations and competition from natural gas. Nevertheless, recent developments in carbon capture and storage (“CCS”) technology may help the coal industry adapt to a changing regulatory environment.
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President Obama’s State of the Union address touched on many issues of critical importance to Americans, including America’s energy future and its link to economic growth and prosperity.

In discussing the need to maintain investment in science and innovation, the President called for the U.S. to “reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race,” and further stated, “no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.”

The President focused on:
Continue Reading Obama’s State of the Union Address and America’s Energy Future

On January 18, 2011 President Obama signed an Executive Order to improve federal regulation as well as review existing regulations that may be outmoded or ineffective.

The Order, among other things, looks to coordinate regulation across agencies, reduce duplicative or overlapping regulations, and to foster increased participation by industry, experts and other stakeholders in the regulatory process.
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