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The United States has the largest coal deposits of any country in the world. We cannot afford to ignore or abandon this abundant resource, despite the challenges associated with using coal to generate electricity. In fact, technological advances have made coal a cleaner energy resource—the rate of emissions per unit of output from coal-fired plants has declined 78 percent since 1990. We have no doubt that the ability to develop clean coal technology exists—all we need is the will and determination to pursue it. The Department of Energy has challenged researchers to develop economical technologies that can remove a greater percentage of carbon dioxide emitted by coal plants—and do so at a much lower price. Coal gasification is one technology that holds much promise for cleaner use of this abundant resource, and the United Association is ready to provide the skills necessary to implement any other technologies that grow out of the need to harness our most plentiful energy source.