The Pete Simpson Forum has generated a lot of great discussion about who we are in Wyoming, so let's keep the conversation going. Moderator's comments.
Getting Asia hooked on cheaply produced PRB coal would delay the development of more efficient and lower greenhouse gas emission energy resources. From a climate change standpoint, why would the world’s most influential nation encourage developing countries to repeat our own Victorian Age model that built our industrial revolution?
Many residents of the towns of Hanna and Medicine Bow foresee a time when there will be too few people and too thin of an economy to keep going their towns going. To them, the proposal by DKRW Advanced Fuels to build a coal-to-gasoline plant offers salvation.
Naturally, there’s some concern among Powder River Basin producers that eastern utilities will tap coal resources closer to home that have higher Btu content and lower transportation costs. But there’s not been a great deal of coal-switching. Each coal-fired unit must be carefully dialed-in to the specific blend of coal its fed. Switching coal sources and recalibrating these units is not easy or inexpensive.