Technology is generally about letting our species be more effective and efficient, which is why it has become such an overwhelming force for green. But sometimes, technology is bad...even an EcoGeek must recognize it.
And the worst new energy technology in the world is undeniably liquid coal. Some people (mostly people who own coal mines) want to replace 100% of America's gasoline usage with a fuel that comes from coal. It produces two times more CO2, consumes three times more water than gasoline, and gives us more incentive to tear down our mountain ranges.
Even better, it's not currently economically viable, so coal companies are trying to get Congress to subsidize these billion-dollar coal to liquid plants. Luckily the NRDC and the Union of Concerned Scientists are on our side. The NRDC has created a great (and frighteningly accurate) animation to spread the word, while the UoCS has released a report on the dangers of the technology.
The best thing we can do is get educated. Coal is the fuel of the past, not the future...if Congress is going to subsidize anything, it ought to be, at the very least, clean.
You can Take Action at NRDC.org
written by James, November 19, 2007
written by zupakomputer, November 20, 2007
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