Think Tank Urges Kentucky To Use Caution on Coal-To-Liquid

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - He had nice things to say about Kentucky's chances of doing well in the coal-to-liquid fuel movement, but a senior policy analyst with a national think tank told lawmakers to move cautiously.

Kames Bartis of the California-based RAND Corporation told the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee yesterday that converting coal to liquid fuel holds promise for helping thecountry to wean itself from oil dependance.

Bartis also said there are major challenges, such as what to do with the carbon dioxide produced in the process, the uncertainty of what it would really cost to build a coal-to-liquid plant and the impact if oil prices dropped dramatically.

Bartis said a few large-scale demonstration plants should be built to test the technology and its economic feasibility.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by DT Location: OWENSBORO on Jun 29, 2007 at 10:48 PM
    I wonder how many people will think coal liquification is a bad idea when the draft is reinstated so more of our young people can die in the middle east while securing the life blood of our economy,
  • by JAMES Location: PIKEVILLE on Jun 29, 2007 at 12:23 PM
    IF oil prices drop!! That's a big IF. No one can see into the future. But the one thing that will remain true is the fact that we do not hold the world's oil reserves and therefore will never see any sort of stability in that market. Coal, however, is a commodity that we do have a grasp on and will be able to stabilize it in the future. I worry about the future of this planet and what affect this process could have on it, but I also worry about the future of children and what kind of world it will be if we continue to fight wars for oil. One good nuclear blast and we want have to worry about global warming anymore.
  • by Trish Location: Corbin on Jun 29, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    While this is an exciting option for an alternative fuel the man is absolutely right when it comes to the carbon dioxide produced. Without an effective carbon recovery system these plants will be a horrible nightmare for our already overtaxed environment. I would love to find an alternative to our dependence on foreign oil but I think the environment is a much more pressing issue.
  • by Glen Location: Lexington on Jun 29, 2007 at 09:46 AM
    Oil prices will definitely drop if we begin to develop alternative fuel independence. OPEC will protect their position! Lower prices won't be such a bad thing - will they? I applaud the republican leadership in ky for thinking about the future fuel supply and the importance of coal to our state. If they could only get the democrats and their mouthpiece, the Herald Liberal, to support the incentive plan perhaps some progress could occur. Producing fuel from coal will not compete with our food supply and prices as ethanol does. The wailing about excessive carbon dioxide production due to the coal liquefaction process is a red herring being promoted by idealogues who have no concern for our state, our country or the people whose livelihood depends on the coal industry.
  • by James Location: Hyden on Jun 29, 2007 at 09:36 AM
    The coal to liquid fuel movement should be push into overdrive. Oil price are not going to drop as long as the American people depend on middle east oil. Maybe it is time we take care of our own and keep American money in America. This is a movement that bring great jobs to Kentucky and provide cheaper fuel prices for American people. There is only one thing to say and that is "We are tired of being held back, let Kentucky shine for once."
  • by Rob Location: London on Jun 29, 2007 at 08:19 AM
    Why are we always listening without the interests to our own state in we really need someone from California to tell us what to do ??? People already think they are smarter than us....Lets use our own thoughts and brains for a change without people from other states telling us how bad it will be if we make up our minds....
  • by donna jaha Location: louisville, ky on Jun 29, 2007 at 06:57 AM
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 29, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    Let me see now..why is it that whenever a possible step toward an alternative to foreign oil is given there are folks ready to caution against it, in case oil prices drop dramatically? What if MadMahx and Chavez decide they are going to shutdown the USA oil supply? We can't get ahead because we are continuously looking back.


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