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.

A Critique of “An Inconvenient Truth”

Global Warming Hoax (can they be objective with that name?) points out some problems with Al Gore’s movie and slide presentation, according to their set of facts. I wholeheartedly agree with one conclusion from the report — see below.

Link: Global Warming Hoax: Facts and Fictions of Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth"

The only way to reduce atmospheric CO2 would be to have solar panels on the roof of every house and building, windmills in every yard and electric cars in every driveway. It is something we will have to do anyway because someday the fossil fuels will run out. Doing these things will not require the political will that Al says people need to have. People will be more than happy to convert because it will save them the ridiculous amounts of money that people spend on home utilities and gasoline.

via Chris A.

Organic Farming Absorbs CO2

Giant agricultural conglomerates hate this kind of information — they have to hire more lobbyists and make more campaign contributions to get government to ignore the facts and continue to subsidize them.

Link: QuantumShift.tv – Soil: The Secret Solution to Global Warming – USA video

Research by the Rodale Institute reveals that sustainably-farmed soil holds up to 30% more carbon than conventional agriculture. Converting US farmland to organic on a wide scale would reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 10%. The extra carbon in the soil also increases food nutrients, which could greatly reduce health care costs. In this QuantumShift special report, farmer Percy Schmeiser urges the President and Congress to shift existing agricultural subsidies to support sustainable farming practices.