MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, the Democratic U.S. Senate candidate, said she supports a true all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes coal, natural gas, wind and solar.
“Look at what we can do, look at all the possibilities,” Tennant said.
She talked about energy on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” as part of series of interviews with the candidates ahead of the Nov. 4 general election. Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), the Republican U.S. Senate candidate, will address the same issue on a future show.
Tennant said she believes the future of coal is in clean coal technology, including in the advancement of carbon capture and sequestration, and West Virginia could lead the way.
“This is the challenge that I posed to the White House to build or retrofit coal-fired power plants with the CCS technology because I’m just one who doesn’t think that you need to choose between clean air and good-paying jobs,” she said.
“There is $8 billion that the Department of Energy has already set aside and prepared to allocate for this exact type of technology to take place. It would be guaranteed. That’s why this is so important for West Virginia and energy independence in this country.”
Read Tennant’s full Coal and Energy Jobs Agenda here.