COAL TO LIQUID….Can we solve our future oil shortage by mining coal and converting it to liquid hydrocarbons? Maybe. After all, the United States has plenty of coal and the conversion process seems feasible.

Over at the Oil Drum, Stuart Staniford sat in on a conference call about CTL technology with Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, who wants to make use of Montana’s enormous coal reserves for exactly this purpose. Stuart’s conclusion: Schweitzer might be right, but we still have that nasty global warming problem. Plus we need lots of water. Details here.