Saturday, March 22, 2008

Wired News - AP News

Wired News - AP News:
"The Air Force wants to build at its Malmstrom base in central Montana the first piece of what it hopes will be a nationwide network of facilities that would convert domestic coal into cleaner-burning synthetic fuel.

Air Force officials said the plants could help neutralize a national security threat by tapping into the country's abundant coal reserves. And by offering itself as a partner in the Malmstrom plant, the Air Force hopes to prod Wall Street investors - nervous over coal's role in climate change - to sink money into similar plants nationwide.

'We're going to be burning fossil fuels for a long time, and there's three times as much coal in the ground as there are oil reserves,' said Air Force Assistant Secretary William Anderson. 'Guess what? We're going to burn coal.'"

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