Observers weigh in on president's commitment to energy in SOTU

02/18/2013 | Smart Grid News

President Barack Obama covered a range of energy-related topics in his State of the Union address last week. While the president touched on energy efficiency, climate change and infrastructure security, among other things, some critics complained of his lack of a vision on the future of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal. "[I]f you're talking about climate, the United States of America consumes close to one-eighth of the coal that's burned in the world -- you should be finding the technology that helps use it cleanly, and uses it much better and more efficiently. So that was disappointing," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.

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