Liquid Coal is just too dirty

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.

Link: The Liquid Coal Battle Rages | EcoGeek | Coal, Technology, Written, November, Liquid.

Advantages:

It doesn’t fund hostile and unstable governments/states.

Disadvantages:

It produces two times more CO2 than gasoline.

It consumes three times more water than gasoline.

It gives mining companies more incentive to tear down more of our mountain ranges (aka mountaintop removal mining, for more insight see this video — I Love Mountains).

It’s not currently economically viable, so coal companies are trying to get Congress to subsidize billion-dollar coal to liquid plants.