Coal Tattoo

Energy Secretary Steven Chu coming to W.Va.

West Virginians will get a great chance early next month to hear about the Obama administration’s coal and energy policies directly from Nobel Prize-winning Energy Secretary Steven Chu.

Secretary Chu is scheduled to take part in a forum on the future of coal at the University of Charleston. The Sept. 8 event is part of a series of coal and energy discussions hosted by U.C. and I’m proud to say is co-sponsored by The Charleston Gazette.

We had a brief item on the event in Sunday’s Gazette-Mail, and more details are expected soon via the U.C. Web site.

It should be a great opportunity for folks who want to hear more about the promise — and the great problems — associated with carbon capture and storage technology, and hopefully for Secretary Chu to explain the fact that for CCS to be widely deployed, some sort of national policy to reduce greenhouse emissions is needed.