Coal a “king” alternative fuel?

Unfortunately, to please the industry lobby, both key congressional Democrats and Republicans are supporting a) subsidies/loans for coal-to-liquid production plants, b) minimum prices for the new fuel, and c) big government purchases of coal for the next 25 years….More on this folly in the NYT. The move to use more liquified coal would likely increase Greenhouse gas emissions, as this NYT graphic shows: Equiv_GreenhouseGas_Emissions.  The Washington Post also has an editorial (May 30) on how an outdated federal program, the Agriculture Department’s Rural Utilities Service, actually encourages use of coal rather than cleaner alternatives.

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