Cheaper Fuel from Coal

I call this good news, but Wired says it’s bad: Scientists Make Cheap Gas from Coal:

Electric cars have been getting a lot of buzz lately, but a more immediately viable transportation fuel of the future could be liquid derived from coal. Scientists have devised a new way to transform coal into gas for your car using far less energy than the current process. The advance makes scaling up the environmentally unfriendly fuel more economical than greener alternatives.

If oil prices rise again, adoption of the new coal-to-liquid technology, reported this week in Science,  could undercut adoption of electric vehicles or next-generation biofuels. And that’s bad news for the fight against climate change.

It’s only in our current perverted political climate that something that improves human life by reducing the cost of energy could be considered “bad news” for the “fight against” a pseudo-scientific religious dogma. And that’s just too bad.

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