May 29, 2007

Fuel alternatives

(Click on the figure to see an enlarged version.)

This figure shows the estimated percent change in greenhouse gas emissions for replacing petroleum fuel with a given alternative. The data take into account all parts of the production process including fossil fuel extraction, feedstock growth, distribution, etc. Source: The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. CCS means Carbon Capture and Storage.

There is an interesting article in today's New York Times about a big coal industry lobbying effort to product liquid fuel from coal. The main argument is energy security, not greenhouse gas reduction. From the article,

Among the proposed inducements winding through House and Senate committees: loan guarantees for six to 10 major coal-to-liquid plants, each likely to cost at least $3 billion; a tax credit of 51 cents for every gallon of coal-based fuel sold through 2020; automatic subsidies if oil prices drop below $40 a barrel; and permission for the Air Force to sign 25-year contracts for almost a billion gallons a year of coal-based jet fuel.

Coal companies have spent millions of dollars lobbying on the issue, and have marshaled allies in organized labor, the Air Force and fuel-burning industries like the airlines. Peabody Energy, the world’s biggest coal company, urged in a recent advertising campaign that people “imagine a world where our country runs on energy from Middle America instead of the Middle East.”


At June 01, 2007 6:03 PM , Anonymous Tim said...

Interesting. I've got some old Time and Newsweek issues from the 70's that have lots of ads from coal companies about the same topic. I'll scan a few tonight and share them.

At June 03, 2007 3:56 PM , Blogger Matt_J said...

Cool, looking forward to seeing this.
We need to figure out where Carter went wrong-- great agenda, lousy poll numbers.

At June 08, 2007 4:42 PM , Anonymous Tim said...

I posted some of the energy company ads from the 70s


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