Beyond the obvious implications of increased coal mining and hazardous pollution that would result from a coal-to-liquids scheme, using liquid coal as a transportation fuel would nearly double the amount of global warming pollution per gallon of fuel compared to petroleum.
At a time when the world’s leading scientists say we need to cut our emissions by at least 80 percent to curtail destructive climate change, the idea of nearly doubling global warming pollution from liquid coal fuels ought to be tossed aside as a no-brainer.
Furthermore, as NRDC points out, “it would be the height of folly to invest in just another technology that drives us further down the path to dependency on carbon fuels.”But the coal industry is currently lobbying for a huge funding increase for liquid coal projects. The National Mining Association and its coal industry constituents have launched a front group called the “Coal to Liquids Coalition” to lobby Congress and “educate” the public about coal’s virtues for our car-dependent culture.
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