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
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- posted by Peter Lehner, 9/11/14
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- Fifteen Organizations Call on Mass. Governor Patrick to Keep Tar Sands out of Massachusetts
- posted by Elizabeth Shope, 9/4/14
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- Huge Ponds Hold Tar Sands Sludge, And Great Risks
- posted by Danielle Droitsch, 8/26/14
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- Declining air quality in the tar sands region: Is the government responding?
- posted by Danielle Droitsch, 8/14/14
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- South Portland, Maine Hammers Nail into Coffin of Proposed Tar Sands Pipeline through New England
- posted by Elizabeth Shope, 7/22/14
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