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Converting Coal to Liquid is Nuts

June 18 Day, 2007
Photos by Vivian Stockman

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Invest in Community and People First! Yes to Renewables; No to CTL

Kentuckians For The Commonwealth organized a rally to counter the extreme BS going on inside the Landmark Inn in Pikeville, Kentucky.  While Kentucky Senator Bunning was inside the hotel begging for billions of your tax dollars to prop up the coal industry's latest billion dollar boondoggle, KFTC was outside, shouting truth to power. Their voices were augmented by members of OVEC and Coal River Mountain Watch who crossed the frequently coal-sludged Tug Fork to join in the march through Pikeville, KY.

 

Why say NO to coal to liquid?

It takes a lot of energy to squeeze coal into a liquid. So much energy, in fact, it is appropriate to question if the process is even worth it--especially when you consider:

 

--Turning coal into a liquid fuel uses any where from 2.5 to 7 barrels of water for every barrel of fuel!

--Communities living near coal-to-liquid refineries in South Africa, where most of the existing plants are, complain of toxic pollution!

--Making, then burning liquid coal creates double the global warming gases as an equivalent amount of petroleum-based fuel, according to information given to the West Virginia Public Energy Authority!

--The National Mining Association wants to double mining production in order to supply the coal-to-liquid plants!

--Each plant costs billions of dollars to build --and the coal industry wants your tax dollars to subsidize these boondoggles!

--The fuel resulting from the massively expensive, massively polluting coal-to-liquid refineries hoped for by the National Mining Association would supply only about 10 percent of the fuel we use in Americas inefficient motor vehicles!

 

KFTC has it right--it's time to put community and people first!
 

People who are for renewable energy and conservation and brave enough to stand up to say NO! to liquid coal--we have more fun!
People who are for renewable energy and conservation and brave enough to stand up to say NO! to liquid coal--we have more fun!

Tell it like it is brother!
Tell it like it is brother!

Indeed!
Indeed!

Amen sistas!
Amen sistas!

West Virginians--stellar volunteers for OVEC and Coal River Mountain Watch--agree with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth agree--NO! to coal to liquid. YES to a sane energy future!
West Virginians--stellar volunteers for OVEC and Coal River Mountain Watch--agree with Kentuckians For The Commonwealth agree--NO! to coal to liquid. YES to a sane energy future!

Deep miners know it--coal to liquid will hurt us all.
Deep miners know it--coal to liquid will hurt us all.

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