Bunning and Obama reintroduce bill supporting coal liquefaction – greens don’t like it

A Jan. 10, 2007 Washington Post article (p A11) details how Sens. Jim Bunning (R-Ky) & Barrack Obama (D-Il) have reintroduced their “Coal-To-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007.”

The coal industry praises Obama’s reintroduction, with Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), of the Coal-to-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007 last week, which would provide incentives for research and plant construction. The industry says the technology, which converts coal into diesel engine fuel, would reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil through a new, home-mined fuel that burns as cleanly as gasoline.

Using our economic and abundant/secure coal resources as a means of reducing our reliance on the unstable, volatile, and increasingly unfriendly situations found in the Middle East may seem commonsensical to most, but the article goes on to detail a more hard line green response to the Bunning/Obama bill. Essentially, they argue that carbon issues trump all else and if we are going to produce domestic energy, it should come from more expensive and less reliable, “green” sources.

Environmentalists say focusing on coal does nothing to arrest climate change. Instead, they say, lawmakers should back cleaner alternative fuels and stricter automobile and industrial emissions standards.

Kudos to Sens Bunning & Obama for recognizing the simple fact that,

Illinois basin coal has more untapped energy potential than the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait combined. Senator Obama believes it is crucial that we invest in technologies to use these resources to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

Clearly Obama and Bunning recognize that as we improve our understanding of, and ability to mass produce, these energy sources (through research and operational experience) our efficiency and environmental record will also improve. Relying on our economic, abundant/secure, and environmentally sound domestic energy resources just makes sense.

More information on the Coal-To-Liquid Fuel Promotion Act of 2007 can be found on Senator Bunning’s web site.

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