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
- House bill would give TransCanada's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline special exemption from US environmental law
- posted by Anthony Swift, 5/21/13
- Proponents of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline in the House are pushing forward a measure that would ...
- With Fisker Hearing, House Majority Continues Their War on Clean Energy
- posted by Roland Hwang, 4/25/13
- While the Wednesday House oversight hearing on Fisker’s failure is ostensibly about whether DOE ...
- Keystone XL Spill Risk: A Reanalysis of the Environmental Impact Statement - Guest Blog by David Malitz
- posted by Elizabeth Shope, 4/24/13
- This is a guest blog post by David Malitz, Ph.D. David is a consultant living in Austin, Texas with ...
- EPA Rates Environmental Review for Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline as "Insufficient," Environmentally Objectionable
- posted by Elizabeth Shope, 4/22/13
- Today, the Environmental Protection Agency released its comments on the deficient environmental review ...
- State's failure to provide critical documents for Keystone XL review is major obstacle to transparent public process
- posted by Anthony Swift, 4/19/13
- Today, the State Department made a wrong decision on the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. It refused ...