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League of Conservation Voters' Karpinski says 'clean coal' claims by industry untrue

On the campaign trail, President-elect Barack Obama touted "clean coal" as a key part of his energy platform. As he transitions to the White House, how will his administration shape policy to promote the research and development of carbon capture-and-storage technology? During today's OnPoint, Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, explains why he believes the coal industry's use of the term "clean coal" is a mischaracterization. He urges the deployment of alternative forms of energy, such as wind and solar, instead of the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Karpinksi also comments on how the chairmanship shift in the House Energy and Commerce Committee will affect energy policy and climate legislation during the next session of Congress.