By Dan Shapley
It's cheap, it's abundant, and apparently, it can turned into liquid fuel. But is coal really a fuel of the future? In a pitched political battle, coal state representatives are fighting to include liquid coal in the nation's fuel future as an alternative to overseas oil, according to today's Los Angeles Times. Environmentalists and sympathetic representatives point out that liquid coal would emit more carbon dioxide than gasoline - hardly a step in the right direction at a time when Congress is trying to find effective ways to fight global warming.