Energy advisers want changes to Obama's climate rules


Government advisers are urging the Obama administration to make changes to its package of contentious climate change rules for power plants to spur clean-coal technologies, not just renewables, to meet the rising demand for energy.

The National Coal Council, a government advisory panel, issued a report Thursday on how to create parity for clean-coal technology — including new tax credits — after Energy Secretary Ernst Moniz asked the council in September to recommend specific policy changes to incentivize the technology.

"Federal energy and environmental policy has severely tilted the energy playing field" away from coal, say the advisers, requiring the council to "make recommendations to level the playing field for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and provide 'policy parity.'"

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