Montana governor campaigns for fuels from coal

Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer is urging executives from oil companies and fuel technology companies to finance Fischer-Tropsch (FT) projects that would convert coal into gasoline and diesel.“I would like to [see the US] replace the imported oil. We can be self-sufficient and self-reliant,” Schweitzer said. “It’s time to wean ourselves from sheiks, dictators, rats, and crooks.”He also envisions FT as a way to stimulate economic development in Montana, which has an estimated 120 billion tons of coal-30% of total US coal supply and 10% of total world supply. “I am leading this country in this desire. We can do it in Montana for $1/gal,” of diesel, Sc...

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