Coal Plant Dispute

It's the first ever coal to liquid facility in the nation. Tonight the Blackhawk Sierra Club, a group aimed at protecting the environment is raising the red flag on the project. They say liquid coal releases almost double the greenhouse gas emissions as regular gasoline. They also say the process requires large amounts of water and is an expensive energy gamble we shouldn't take.

Before construction can begin, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency must make sure there's not an abundance of CO2 emissions.

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  • by OBEWAN Location: Florida on Oct 24, 2007 at 07:36 AM
    CTL made with carbon sequestration is clean. Carbon sequestration has already been proven at Kinder Morgan in TX where over 1 billion cu ft of co2 is captured daily and pumped deep underground for permanent storage. We only have 30-50 years left on conventional oil and global warming will be a non issue when the world starves death. CTL can postpone that problem and is a clean source - low sulfur, low co2 if sequestered.
  • by Scott Location: Illinois on Oct 23, 2007 at 05:30 PM
    You coverage is incorrect. The Illinois EPA has no jurisdiction to regulate CO2 emissions. They certainly have other jurisdictions, but not CO2.
  • by Alex Location: Houston on Oct 23, 2007 at 07:00 AM
    You need to cover both sides of the story to properly educate the public. CTL is not double the GHG emmissions as gasoline. Its about the same and after CO2 is sequesterd its less polluting from "well-to-wheels". You need to investigate both sides of the story before going to print. Converting coal into fuel is the only way right now to get out from under the thumb of OPEC and oil companies. If you had covered the GTC 2007 Conference, you would have discovered that most planned CTL projects will use 30% biomass in their feedstock blend. Reducing GHG even further. Please report both sides or dont report at all. Educate the public on both sides of the argument so they can decide for themselves. Thank you, Alex Cornitius News Editor Syngas Refiner
  • by Ted on Oct 22, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    Good for Sierra Club. I can't believe someone has a plan to make our cars put out even MORE carbon - what are they thinking?
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