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
- Keystone XL may wait on Nebraska route, but climate change impacts wait for no one
- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 4/18/14
- Graphic from Oil Change International The State Department is providing additional time for comments ...
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureates urge Obama to make the right choice and reject the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 4/16/14
- As the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline nears the end of its national interest determination process, ten ...
- More than 100 scientists and economists call for rejection of Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
- posted by Elizabeth Shope, 4/7/14
- Today, more than 100 scientists and economists called on President Obama and Secretary of State John ...
- Ukraine doesn't bolster case for Keystone XL tar sands pipeline
- posted by Anthony Swift, 4/3/14
- After their argument that Keystone XL would be a national job creator has been widely debunked, promoters ...
- Mounting evidence of health concerns near tar sands development
- posted by Danielle Droitsch, 4/1/14
- Two studies released in the past week have drawn attention the linkage between tar sands development ...