Senators support new fuel plant
Washington— U.S. Senators
Rick Santorum (R-PA), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference,
and Arlen Specter (R-PA), the senior senator from Pennsylvania,
announced that the U.S. Senate has approved language in the Energy
bill that authorizes financing for the nation’s first clean
coal-to-liquid fuel plant.
The language allows a portion
of funds already appropriated to the Department of Energy and
awarded to WMPI PTY LLC, a coal and energy company based in Schuylkill
County Pennsylvania, through a Clean Coal Power Initiative (CCPI)
competitive grant to be used to fund a federal loan guarantee
for WMPI’s coal-to-diesel project.
The company projects that 1,600
jobs will be created at the Schuylkill County plant alone. This
Fischer-Tropsch technology project, which turns waste coal into
high quality zero-sulfur diesel fuel, will be the first coal-to-liquid
fuel project in the U.S. This technology has the potential to
dramatically reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil.
Although this technology is not
new or unproven, no other project of its kind exists in the U.S.
Domestic energy security should be considered a national priority.