There's only one energy source dirtier than coal-fired power plants and the oilsands: coal to liquid fuel. And today in Kentucky plans were announced for a $4 billion coal to liquid fuel plant.
The idea of converting coal to liquid fuel (known as coal-to-liquids or CTL) is not new.
In fact, the technology was developed in Nazi Germany during the 1930s to fill Hitler’s army vehicles with synthetic fuel derived from coal, since the country had lots of coal but no petroleum of its own.
The use of coal as a fuel for motor vehicles was further perfected by the apartheid regime in South Africa.