Military Allowed To Use Climate Killing “Liquid Coal”

by Christopher Paul on May 26, 2011

From a 2007 law, the US military could not use fuels which had a greater carbon footprint than the grade of crude oil they use today. But that could change with an exception introduced in the latest spending bill. That exception would allow the military to use coal as a synthetic oil fuel substitute. It also inhibits the DoD from experimenting with fuels that have a lower carbon footprint – like biofuels.

“Were the provision barring high-carbon fuels eliminated, the Defense Department could renew its development of synthetic oil made from coal — a process perfected by the German military during World War II when its access to oil reserves was blocked. The carbon dioxide emissions associated with coal-to-liquid fuel are roughly double those from conventional oil.”

Did you read that? Double!

Supporters of the bill say the focus should be on reducing dependence on foreign oil and not oil itself. And for some reason, biofuels won’t reduce our dependency on foreign oil and we must use inefficient, dangerous, climate killing coal to achieve those goals.

This is what winning… for Big Coal looks like.

Spending Bill Clears Military Use of High-Carbon “Liquid Coal” – NYTimes

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