2007 Scorecard Vote
Liquid coal produces almost twice as much global warming pollution as conventional gasoline. Moreover, the large-scale deployment of liquid coal would exacerbate the impacts of coal mining on communities and ecosystems, including polluted air and water and devastated landscapes.
During House consideration of H.R. 547, a bill to accelerate production of ethanol and other biofuels, Representative John Shimkus (R-IL) introduced a motion to replace the term "biofuel" with "alternative fuel" and to redefine alternative fuels to include coal-derived liquids.
On February 8, 2007, the House rejected the motion by a 200-207 vote (House roll call vote 91). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE. The House then approved H.R. 545.