"China reins in liquid coal"
Remember the liquid coal hearing at 10 am EST today, webcast here.
Even China appears to be moving away from coal to liquid. The AP writes
China has raised the capital threshold for projects converting coal to liquid fuel to brake a possible overheating in the coal-chemical industry, as excessive development of the fossil fuel pollutes the environment and strains the water supply….
Coal liquefaction soaks up water, and China — especially its northern and northwestern regions — is short of water. To develop coal liquefaction would intensify such inadequacy. Except for Yunnan and Guizhou provinces in Southwest China, most coal-rich provinces run short of water.
In addition to its massive water needs, coal liquefaction discharges waste gas, waste water and industrial effluent, creating significant environmental risks.
If China is smart enough to make it harder — not easier — to do liquid coal projects, so should we.