Energy is the top agenda item at the annual
winter meeting of the National Governor’s Association, which Maine
Governor John Baldacci is attending in Washington.
On the first day of the meeting Saturday, governors from
coal-rich states said clean-technology is a must in the years
ahead. But Baldacci and other governors from states without coal
want more evidence that the technology works.
Coal is seen as a contributor to global warming, but it’s a
homegrown energy source and an economic lifeline for many states.
Baldacci has been promoting renewable energy in Maine produced
through wind, solar and even tidal currents. But he said he would
need to hear more before including include clean-coal technology
among the promising energy ideas for the country.
Sunday night, the governors and their spouses traveled to the
White House for a black-tie evening with President and Mrs. Bush.