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U.S. energy secretary talks climate change in state

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is visiting West Virginia to discuss the administration's plans for controlling climate change and how that could affect the National Energy Technology Laboratory.

Moniz is set to tour the facility Monday then speak to Morgantown staff.

President Barack Obama is drawing fire from coal companies and politicians from coal-producing states. He wants tough controls on power plants that produce global-warming gases. West Virginia has more than 20 coal-fired plants.

Obama aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, boost renewable energy production on federal lands and increase efficiency standards. There have been no specifics.

An AP-GfK poll conducted last fall found 78 percent of Americans believe world temperatures have been rising over the last century. Eighty percent said if nothing is done, it will become a serious problem.

 


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