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
- Approval of Line 9B puts Canadian communities at risk while bringing tar sands oil to New England's doorstep
- posted by Danielle Droitsch, 3/6/14
- This blog was co-authored with Shelley Kath and additional help from Josh Axelrod. Today, Canada’s ...
- Youth Voices Raised to Reject Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline: "This Is Our Future"
- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 3/3/14
- Thank you to each and every one of the hundreds of people who joined together for a march on Washington ...
- Mounting evidence that tar sands activity is causing health problems
- posted by Danielle Droitsch, 2/26/14
- U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer from California has connected the dots and is pointing to growing evidence ...
- Passion Remains High Because Keystone XL Marks a Turning Point on Climate
- posted by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz, 2/22/14
- Now five years after it was first proposed, why do so many Americans, including the environmental community, ...
- Nebraska's court ruling deeming Keystone XL's route void is a win for landowners, water and climate
- posted by Anthony Swift, 2/21/14
- This week’s court decision invalidating Keystone XL’s route through Nebraska has reverberations ...