Originally posted by jgbjgb
And then there is fuel from low grade coal,
For interest sake check this out:
"We operate the world's only coal-based synthetic fuels manufacturing facility at Secunda in South Africa, which uses unique Sasol Fisher-Tropsch technology to manufacture synthesis gas from low-grade coal. This is converted into a large range of petrochemicals"
I do not think we will have a fuel problem in my lifetime - just hope the ones with the nukes does not destroy "our" planet too soon
Coal is all fine and good, for ripping the surface crust off of the planet, destroying countless eco-systems, being a very dirty energy source, and costing WAY more than oil, gas, and coalbed methan extraction processes. Its cheaper to steam-inject heavy oil and super heat oil and gas to separate water from the mix, than it is to strip mine or even dig old-fashioned death trap cavern mines of old. mSure, we have tonnes of coal, but, why finish off the planet and run a loss economically for not only the producers, but the consumers in the long run?
Coal is NOT a viable alternative to the complete loss of extracted oil and gas. There has to be alternatives. Have you ever seen a strip mine operation? Just take a trip to Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, to see what it entails. Enjoy, and check your constitution at the door. You have NO idea what mining on this level encurs. NONE. And I don't give a damn what pappy said. Work it to see it, and seeing is believing.