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
- Why Keystone XL Really Did Matter to the Tar Sands Industry
- posted by Joshua Axelrod, 11/9/15
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- Administration should not heed TransCanada's flawed rationale for further delay of Keystone XL decision
- posted by Anthony Swift, 11/3/15
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- Alberta's Opportunity: What the International Community Expects from the Province's Climate Plan
- posted by Anthony Swift, 10/5/15
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- Tar sands pipeline companies push cockamamie schemes while arctic melts
- posted by Liz Barratt-Brown, 9/2/15
- All is not quiet in the northern woods of Minnesota. At the border with Canada, Enbridge has constructed ...
- Time to Say No: Comment period ends for ill-advised Tesoro Mega Crude Oil Export Terminal in Washington
- posted by Joshua Axelrod, 8/5/15
- Along the banks of the Columbia River, in Vancouver, Washington, a partnership between Tesoro Corporation ...