Stop Dirty Fuels:
Stop Dirty Fuels : Tar Sands : Liquid Coal : Oil Shale
The coal industry is touting a plan to transform millions of tons of coal into diesel fuel and other liquid fuels using an expensive, inefficient process that releases large quantities of global warming pollution. Producing liquid coal fuel generates twice as much heat-trapping carbon dioxide as producing ordinary gasoline. Even if the CO2 released by liquid coal plants is captured, the emissions would still be higher than the emissions from today's crude oil system.
In addition to nearly doubling global warming pollution, relying on synthetic liquid coal fuel would increase the harmful effects of coal mining on communities and ecosystems from Appalachia to the Rocky Mountains. Stepping up coal production to generate liquid fuels would mean stepping up strip-mining and mountaintop removal, which can destroy wildife habitats, aquifers and open space. Coal mining also produces hazardous and toxic wastes that can contaminate groundwater.
More about Dirty Fuels from
NRDC's staff blog
- State of the Union lays the groundwork for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline rejection
- posted by Anthony Swift, 1/21/15
- In his State of the Union address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to addressing climate change ...
- Let's remember Ground Zero in the Keystone XL pipeline debate
- posted by Liz Barratt-Brown, 1/21/15
- So much attention is being paid to the pipeline itself that it would almost be easy to forget that the ...
- The failure to investigate tailings ponds sends the wrong signals on NAFTA environmental oversight
- posted by Jennifer Skene, 1/17/15
- News reports indicate that the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the environmental review ...
- It's not just Keystone XL - citizen protests are slowing other major tar sands pipelines too
- posted by Liz Barratt-Brown, 1/16/15
- There is a common misunderstanding that Keystone XL is a "symbolic" fight and that its rejection will ...
- Keystone XL's Substantial Importance
- posted by Anthony Swift, 1/15/15
- As the controversy around the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline continues to intensify, a narrative ...