U.S. Congressman Mark Critz has announced that the Clean Coal-Derived Fuels for Energy Security Act of 2011 was introduced in the House of Representatives. Critz, a co-sponsor of the legislation and member of the Congressional Coal Caucus, says that:
Coal is, and must continue to be, an important part of our nation's energy portfolio. We have invested heavily into coal-to-liquids technology – we know it works – and using clean coal-derived fuels will increase our energy supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil
That explains why Critz supports the legislation, which requires that some of the nation's fuels contain a minimum volume of clean coal-derived fuel (CCD). If this legislation is approved, the President would have one year after the date of enactment to circulate regulations to refineries, blenders, distributors, and importers to ensure that certain fuels contain the applicable volume of CCD fuel. Under the legislation, the volume of CCD fuel must reach 750 million gallons by 2017 and would gradually increase to six billion gallons by 2024. There are problems with the bill, though. Judging by the EPA's "Comparing Fuels" graph (above), for example, boosting production of CCD fuels could result in increased greenhouse gas emissions.

[Source: U.S. Congressman Mark Critz, EPA]
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Critz: Coal-To-Liquids Energy Legislation Introduced

May 13, 2011 8:01 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. --Congressman Mark S. Critz (PA-12) announced today that the Clean Coal-Derived Fuels for Energy Security Act of 2011 was introduced in the House of Representatives; Critz is a an original co-sponsor of the legislation. This bill would require that certain fuels in the nation's fuel mix contain a minimum volume of clean coal-derived fuel.

"Coal is, and must continue to be, an important part of our nation's energy portfolio," said Critz, a member of the Congressional Coal Caucus. "We have invested heavily into coal-to-liquids technology – we know it works – and using clean coal-derived fuels will increase our energy supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

Under this legislation, the President has one year after the date of enactment to circulate regulations to refineries, blenders, distributors, and importers to ensure that covered fuel sold or introduced commercially in the United States contains the applicable volume of clean coal-derived (CCD) fuel. The fuel would apply to aviation fuel, motor vehicle fuel, home heating oil, or boiler fuel.

Under this legislation, the applicable volume of clean coal-derived fuel must be 750 million gallons by 2017. It would gradually increase to 6 billion gallons by 2024, and the President would review the program to determine the applicable volume for calendar year 2025 and beyond.

The legislation was introduced by Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

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