Schweitzer, governors refine clean coal policies

HELENA – Gov. Brian Schweitzer says a meeting he had over the weekend with a dozen Democratic governors allowed them to refine their objectives for clean coal technology.

The Democratic Governors Association meeting in Big Sky was aimed at advancing policy initiatives. Schweitzer is vice chairman of the group.

Schweitzer said he wants the DGA to push Congress to deal with greenhouse gas emissions by establishing a fee on emissions which would be used to advance greener technologies like carbon sequestration.

He says the governors are in a position to push the fee, which Schweitzer prefers to plans for a cap-and-trade system or a carbon tax.

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