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ALFORD: An Energized Future at Home

Harry C. Alford | 2/12/2014, 3 p.m.
Yes, the future is bright for those of us who support our important energy industry.
Harry C. Alford

Then there is coal. Even our president has said he wants to kill coal. They have caused some damage with some coal mines closing and a noticeable amount of utility plants shutting down their operations due to pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency. However, that is about to change. Once again, the innovation of our energy industry is taking us to new heights. We can now take hard dirty coal and convert it to clean natural gas. While it is in the ground we can press it and separate the carbon from the gas. The gas is brought to the surface for use by our plants. Some of the Japanese owned auto plants in the United States have their own individual processing facilities. What about the dirty carbon? It remains underground. It is shipped by way of an underground pipeline to oil exploration sites. It is used in the process of underground oil exploration. It never gets into the air. There is no “carbon footprint” as Al Gore would say.

Yes, the future is bright for those of us who support our important energy industry. Innovation is what brought this nation to economic success and it will be what ensures our future being bright. There will be cleaner and less costly ways to manufacturing and production. Guess who will be the players in that innovation? Naturally, it will be our energy industry as they have the expertise and engineers to do it. It won’t be done by “rookies”.

Harry C. Alford is the co-founder, president/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce. Website: www.nationalbcc.org. Email: halford@nationalbcc.org.