WVU energy center director among experts offering carbon dioxide recommendations to members of Congress today and tomorrow

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18 May 2009 –

Morgantown, W.Va. – Richard Bajura, director of the West Virginia University National Research Center for Coal and Energy, is among a group energy experts meeting today and tomorrow with members of Congress and their staffs to present technology and policy recommendations and goals for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the energy sector.

The recommendations appear in the American Society of Mechanical Engineering 35-page publication, General Position Statement on Technology and Policy Recommendations and Goals for Reducing Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Energy Sector, for which Bajura is a co-author.

The report was prepared by ASME’s Climate Change Task Force and was released last month. Bajura is the Coal/Power member of the task force.

The ASME report details a variety of options for reducing carbon dioxide emissions in both the power generation and transportation sectors. Climate change researchers link carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to the warming of the Earth. The report notes that, “Coal fuels more than 40 percent of global electricity generation and 50 percent of U.S. electricity” and calls for technologies to capture and store the carbon dioxide, known as CCS technologies.

The report states, “If, as expected, coal maintains a major role in U.S. electric power production, applying CCS technologies to nearly all new coal-based power plants entering service after 2020 would make the largest single contribution towards reducing future U.S. electric sector CO2 emissions.”

The full report is available online at:

Bajura and his colleagues are scheduled to meet with staff members and select members of Congress from the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee; the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee; the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee; the House Committee on Science and Technology; the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure; and, the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming.

Contact: Trina Wafle, NRCCE, (304) 293-2867 x5402

Posted May 18, 2009