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What's the future of natural gas and other fossil fuels under the Biden administration? KDKA's Jon Delano has more.
- This region has often been called the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. But what is the future of natural gas and other fossil fuels under the Biden administration?
- In an interview seen only on KDKA, political editor John Delano spoke with the US Secretary of Energy for some answers.
JOHN DELANO: Five weeks ago, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, was confirmed with a bipartisan vote as US Secretary of Energy. She says she's no stranger to Pittsburgh, and knows how dependent we are on natural gas to heat our homes and buildings. Is there a future for fossil fuels in Pennsylvania?
JENNIFER GRANHOLM: There is a future for fossil fuels and let me tell you why. Is because the Department of Energy, among other entities, is doing research on how to control carbon-- see a carbon dioxide management.
JOHN DELANO: Granholm says research is finding ways to use fossil fuels cleanly, while moving to other forms of energy.
JENNIFER GRANHOLM: We want to make sure that those solutions are able to help this transition, and keep people employed.
JOHN DELANO: But then there's fracking. A lot of people still wonder about the safety of fracking, and wonder whether or not it can continue to exist. What's the energy secretary's view on fracking?
JENNIFER GRANHOLM: Yeah, I mean, here's what I think. I think it can be done safely. But we've got to make sure that technology is available to make sure that it is safe.
JOHN DELANO: As for the future of coal, Granholm says coal is losing out to natural gas and other fuel sources.
JENNIFER GRANHOLM: The global market has made-- is making decisions about coal, right. I mean there is a decision globally to turn away from coal and without any policy, you are seeing that happen.
JOHN DELANO: That's where President Biden's American Jobs Plan comes in. With money to help transition coal jobs to good paying alternatives.
JENNIFER GRANHOLM: We shouldn't be buying wind turbines from Denmark. We should be making them here. We shouldn't be buying solar panels from countries like China, that have human rights violations. We should be making them here. Nobody knows better than Pittsburgh, a community that has been-- you know, had to transition before, how important it is to keep your eye on the future even as you want to make sure that you protect people who are going through this transition. John Delano, KDKA news.