Climate Progress to Testify on Liquid Coal

no_coal.gifThe House Committee on Science and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, will hold a hearing entitled “The benefits and challenges of producing liquid fuel from coal: The role for federal research,” on Wednesday September 5 at 10 a.m. in Rayburn 2318. It will be webcast.

This beats a one-sided debate any day. Testifying is one of my favorite activities, and this is one of my favorite committees — since they care about science and technology. And liquid coal is one of my favorite subjects, as readers of this blog know.

I’d love your thoughts on what I should say. Here are some of my posts on the subject:

Some Thoughts on Coal to Diesel

Congress should say NO to coal-to-diesel

Plug-in Hybrids Beat Coal-to-Liquids (Duh!)

And here is one of the best recent charts:


3 Responses to Climate Progress to Testify on Liquid Coal

  1. John says:

    Joe, please name the other witnesses invited to the hearing. Energy Subcommittee staff could not provide names. I’m curious.

    And, coal to liquids offers nothing to the nation or global environment if the process(es) is not CO2 neutral. The coal mining, transport, cleaning and prep are of less concern when measured against the 1.2 billion ton industry’s impact today and growing larger.

    I have additional comments coming soon but would like to know who you will be sparring with.

  2. Joe says:

    They have not told me who most of the other witnesses are yet. I think someone from will be there. I will post it when I know.

  3. phantom power says:

    Are you planning to advocate ethanol and/or other biofuels? I ask because there are some serious environmental considerations regarding biofuels as well, which need to be stared in the face. Topsoil depletion, competition with food for arable land, future productivity decreases due to climate change, etc.