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
- Safe For Now: Imperial Oil, Exxon Mobil, and BP Suspend Plans to Drill in Canada's Beaufort Sea
- posted by Joshua Axelrod, 6/29/15
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- New Alberta climate policy is symbolic step - more is needed
- posted by Anthony Swift, 6/25/15
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- Marching to keep tar sands oil out of our communities
- posted by Anthony Swift, 6/3/15
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- New York Says "Not So Fast" to Tar Sands Facility on the Hudson River
- posted by Joshua Axelrod, 6/1/15
- In a stunning and laudable reversal, New York's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has required ...
- Santa Barbara pipeline spill highlights threats of tar sands expansion into the West Coast
- posted by Anthony Swift, 5/20/15
- The most recent oil spill in California highlights both fundamental weaknesses in basic safeguards for ...