Kentucky coal to liquid plan means more dirty fuel is on the way

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.

Expense vs Environment: The Energy Dilemma

TheTyee.ca takes a trenchant look at the failure of British Columbia's (electrical) power brokers to embrace alternative forms of energy because they might, in the short term, be less convenient, more expensive or both.

Boreal Forest twice the size of England to be protected

The Ontario government announced today that it would permanently protect 225,000 square kilometers of Canada's Far North Boreal region.

That works out to be an area roughly twice the size of England.

“This announcement sets out the most ambitious conservation for the Boreal Forest in Canada,” said Janet Sumner of the CPAWS Wildland League.

DeSmogBlog's Golden Oldies

With more than three years of writing on climate change issues and the climate denial industry, DeSmogBlog has amassed a lot of information - close to 1,300 articles in fact.

As part of the annual summer cleaning, I'm going through a lot of the old material for technical reasons, so I thought I would start a post listing some of our “golden oldies.”

I'll add more as I come across them.

Do you have any favorites? Let me know and I'll add them to the list.

Make your own Exxon gas sign!

Ticked off about gas prices? Want people to wake up and sell their SUV's? Have some fun messing around with this cool little program where you can make your own ExxonMobil gas station sign.

Here's the sign I made:

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