8/20/04 11:00 AM EST
Kerry Pledges $10 Billion For Clean Coal Technology
Reuters reports John Kerry "on Thursday pledged $10 billion over a decade to help U.S. electric utilities find cleaner ways to burn coal, the nation's most abundant energy source." In a bid "to lure votes from coal-producing states like West Virginia, Kerry said that if elected he would offer incentives, like research grants, to encourage utilities to build coal-fired plants that give off almost no pollutants." Kerry said in a statement, "Coal is abundant, coal mining creates jobs and I believe that with the right investment and commitment coal can be an even cleaner part of America's energy future."