Liquid Coal is a Bad Deal for Global Warming

  • by: Sierra Club
  • recipient: US House of Representatives; US Senate
Although its proponents claim that liquid coal is a cure-all to our nation's energy problems, the truth is that liquid coal is plagued with economical and environmental downsides from the time coal is mined until long after the liquid is burned. 

Liquid coal releases almost double the global warming emissions per gallon as regular gasoline, making a hybrid filled with liquid coal as dirty as a Hummer H3 running on regular gas.

Liquid coal also requires huge amounts of water, and would lead to an over 40% increase in coal mining just to replace a mere 10% of our nation's transportation fuels. Proponents of liquid coal also want the government to funnel billions in subsidies and tax breaks to artificially create an entirely new industry. Liquid coal is arguably the dirtiest, most expensive energy gamble we could take.

Liquid Coal is a Bad Deal for Global Warming - Tell Congress to find clean solutions to our energy needs!

The serious economic and environmental downsides of liquid coal prevent it from being a good option for a cleaner, healthier energy future. A liquid coal (coal-to-liquids) transportation fuels industry would double the global warming emissions of regular gasoline and would require millions of dollars in investments. Instead of funneling those millions into a new, dirty industry, we should be investing in efficiency and renewable energy technologies that exist today and can help us solve global warming. Please oppose any efforts to jumpstart a new massively polluting coal-to-liquids industry.

At a time when we need to be solving global warming, liquid coal is a bad deal. Any member of Congress serious about combating global warming should be seriously opposed to this dirty, dangerous, and expensive boondoggle for the coal industry.

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