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
- Three facts you should know about the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and exports
- posted by Anthony Swift, 3/2/15
- When he vetoed legislation meant to force approval of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline last ...
- Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Veto - Right Decision at the Right Time
- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 2/24/15
- Today President Obama vetoed a bill that would have approved the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The ...
- Unregulated oil by rail versus Keystone XL: A false choice
- posted by Anthony Swift, 2/18/15
- A column of fire lighting the sky. Oil spilling into a nearby river. If the horrifying images of this ...
- EPA comments show Keystone XL tar sands pipeline fails the President's climate test
- posted by Anthony Swift, 2/3/15
- The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) drove what may prove to be the final nail in the coffin for ...
- As the Senate votes to interfere with the Administration's review, EPA set to comment on KXL pipeline's impact
- posted by Liz Barratt-Brown, 1/29/15
- The Senate is expected to vote today to by-pass the Administration's ongoing review of whether the Keystone ...