Liquid coal is a dead end for powering our cars. But coal companies have considerable influence in Washington, so we may see more energy policy written by lobbyists.
It doesn’t fund hostile and unstable governments/states.
It produces two times more CO2 than gasoline.
It consumes three times more water than gasoline.
It’s not currently economically viable, so coal companies are trying to get Congress to subsidize billion-dollar coal to liquid plants.