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By Robert Rapier on Jul 21, 2006 with no responses

Oil from Montana Coal

I have been kicking around the idea of writing an essay on the coal-to-liquids (CTL) dream of Montana governor Brian Schweitzer. However, a story just appeared in the Billings Gazette that emphasizes many of the points I would cover in an essay: Making oil from coal is bad for Montana The essay argues that we shouldn’t do it, mainly due to global warming and pollution concerns. I agree that we shouldn’t do it, but I think we will do it as we become more desperate for energy. However, the cost of a CTL plant is double the cost of a conventional refinery. This means that CTL is still not an economic option, even though the process is viable from a… Continue»