WASHINGTON, May 28 ? Even as Congressional leaders draft legislation to reduce greenhouse gases linked to global warming, a powerful roster of Democrats and Republicans is pushing to subsidize coal as the king of alternative fuels.
… Environmental groups are adamantly opposed, warning that coal-based diesel fuels would at best do little to slow global warming and at worst would produce almost twice as much of the greenhouse gases tied to global warming as petroleum. [Nifty graph.]
Coal companies are hardly alone in asking taxpayers to underwrite alternative fuels in the name of energy independence and reduced global warming. But the scale of proposed subsidies for coal could exceed those for any alternative fuel, including corn-based ethanol.
Let’s just be clear: subsidies for coal-to-liquid and corn-based ethanol are taxpayer boondoggles — your tax dollars for more CO2 emissions. That’s profoundly wasteful, short-sighted and immoral. Barack Obama thinks it’s just fine. Again, for me, that’s plenty reason to vote for someone else — if there were anyone willing to stand up and do the right thing.
Again, if you hear “coal” and “stopping global warming” in the same sentence, run screaming.